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Defining ViewState

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The ASP.NET ViewState is a representation of the state of a page when it was last processed on the server. The
ViewState information is stored by default...


1  ...on the server in a Session variable that is unique for each page.
2  ...in a hidden form element as plain text.
3  ...in a hidden form element as a Base64 encoded string.
4  ...in a hidden form element that is encrypted so it cannot be tampered with.
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Question by:cybernation989
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by:bungHoc
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In your previous question, you've already found a tutorial for RegEx. Why don't you try to red few lines of this page and figure out the answer for yourself:
http://www.w3schools.com/aspnet/aspnet_viewstate.asp
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by:cybernation989
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Oh sorry I should posted that here... thanks for beating me to it... According to the site the answer could be 3 or 4 but if you really wanted to test 3 out you can to decode it at http://www.motobit.com/util/base64-decoder-encoder.asp 

Since 3 doesnt work the the answer is number 4...

Thanks again BungHoc
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Well.. let's do a bit of reasoning here:
1. The view state of a page is, placed in a hidden form field named __VIEWSTATE
Answer 1 is out.

2. If you've taken a look at the page you'll see something like this: <input type="hidden" name="__VIEWSTATE"
value="dDwtNTI0ODU5MDE1Ozs+ZBCF2ryjMpeVgUrY2eTj79HNl4Q=" />
Answer 2 is out.

3. What is the purpose of ViewState? Does ViewState have any sensitive information? -- Don't think so.. However you can still encrypt it if you really want to (I don't remember with what need to look for it).
Answer 4 is out.

That leaves you with answer 3 is the correct one.
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by:cybernation989
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<--- Bows his head in shame

Like you have posted in the other topic
http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms972976.aspx

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Ideally the view state should not need to be encrypted, as it should never contain sensitive information. If needed, however, the LosFormatter does provide limited encryption support.
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Thank you for correcting me I found http://www.pluralsight.com/blogs/fritz/archive/2004/06/03/408.aspx that goes more into the 64bit encoding
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by:Infinite_Recursion
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Is it me or is this starting to sound weird...!!!
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