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How do I determine where a response.redirect came from?

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I have a web site that I use to redirect a member to another website via https.  Because I use a response.redirect there is no HTTP_Referer available for the receiving site to validate that the reqeust came from my site.  Have tried to add a Resposne.AppendHeader prior to the response.redirect with no joy.  What can I do to ensure the request came from my site?
if (ConfigurationManager.AppSettings["Mask"].ToString().ToLower() == "true")

                {

                sbURL.Append(encryptQueryString(_EDIPI));

                Response.AppendHeader ("ReserveHeader","navyreserve.navy.mil");

                Response.Redirect(sbURL.ToString());

                }

                else

                {

                sbURL.Append(_EDIPI);

                Response.AppendHeader("ReserveHeader", "navyreserve.navy.mil");

                Response.Redirect(sbURL.ToString());

                }

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by:ahoffmann
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> What can I do to ensure the request came from my site?
add a query parameter to all of your links
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by:mbart
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Is this the same as the querystring?  I pass an encrypted id via a querystring, but the receiving site wants to be sure it came from my site and not just a cut and paste of the url.
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> .. ^wants to be sure it came from my site and not just a cut and paste of the url.
Could you explain how a link "comes from your site" differs from copying the same link in the URL bar?
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by:mbart
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When a hyperlink is clicked the HTTP_Referer reflects the URL of the requesting (referring) site.  When it  is a cut and past there is no HTPP_Referer. This is what is the crux of my problem as I don't want to use a link, as I want to use a popup window and not show the query string if at all possible.
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by:ahoffmann
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> When it  is a cut and past there is no HTPP_Referer.
and if the link was c&p and the referer added manually (proxy or whatever), how would you distinguish that?
The referer header is 101% unreliable.
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by:mbart
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I am well aware that the Http_referer is not reliable, but the question remains, is it possible to tell if the request came from my site vice someother place?
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by:ahoffmann
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> .. is it possible ..
if you mean "reliable" when writing "possible", then the answer is no
otherwise the answer is sometimes yes by checking the Referer header
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by:mbart
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If no link is used ie; the request is generated from code, see code provided,  there is no Referer header which is why the question was posted in the beginning.  I have tried doing a add.header but that doesn't work as it doesn't show on my fully patched web front end.  Beginning to think there is no solution for this.  I am currently using a query string but that is not very reliable either.  Just looking for a way to determine the url the request is coming from.
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there're infinite tools which can perform a request, and most of them can use whaterver you like (and even what you cannot imagine:) as referer
So there is no reliable way to "determine the url the request is coming from".
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by:mbart
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Thanks I will see what I can find, everything I have found so far says that a Microsoft patch has plugged the use of added headers.  But I will limp along with what I have.
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