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I need some assistance.

Please to the following URL:

http://www.notlwonks.com/boomerang

and try to upload an Excel file ( .XLS ), or I suppose any file will do.


If you get a Security Exception -- that is what I need help with.  

Here is my FTP code (see snippet):
public bool UploadFile(FileInfo oFile)
    {
      FtpWebRequest ftpRequest;
      FtpWebResponse ftpResponse;
            
      try
      {
        //Settings required to establish a connection with
        //the server
        ftpRequest = (FtpWebRequest)FtpWebRequest.
           Create(oFile.Name);
        ftpRequest.Method = WebRequestMethods.Ftp.UploadFile;
        ftpRequest.Proxy = null;
        ftpRequest.UseBinary = true;
        ftpRequest.Credentials =
           new NetworkCredential("notlwonks", "<you wish>");
        ftpRequest.KeepAlive = true;
        ftpRequest.EnableSsl = false;
        // Validate the server certificate with
        // ServerCertificateValidationCallBack
        //if (UseSSL) ServicePointManager.
        //   ServerCertificateValidationCallback = new
        //      RemoteCertificateValidationCallback
        //      (ValidateServerCertificate);
 
        //Selection of file to be uploaded
        byte[] fileContents = new byte[oFile.Length];
 
        //will destroy the object immediately after being used
        using (FileStream fr = oFile.OpenRead())
        {
          fr.Read(fileContents, 0,
          Convert.ToInt32(oFile.Length));
        }
        using (Stream writer = ftpRequest.GetRequestStream())
        {
          writer.Write(fileContents, 0, fileContents.Length);
        }
        //Gets the FtpWebResponse of the uploading operation
        ftpResponse = (FtpWebResponse)ftpRequest.GetResponse();
        //Display response
        //Response.Write(ftpResponse.StatusDescription);
 
        ftpResponse.Close();
        ftpRequest = null;
 
        return true;
      }
      catch (WebException webex)
      {
        return false;
        //this.Message = webex.ToString();
      }
    }

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by:ajolly
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where does this file get uploaded.
I mean .. have you checked the write permission to the folder where the uploaded file is being written.

I am not very clear with the code, where the file is being uploaded.
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by:Tom Knowlton
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The folder is located at:

http://www.notlwonks.com/boomerang

I am providing the FTP object with the same login credentials as I use with my FTP client ... so in my mind it should be working.  I am not sure why security is an issue, to be honest, because I should be authenticating.  
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by:ajolly
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no.. when you use asp.net , you need to provide the write permissions to Network Service account, ASP.Net account, IUSR_<MachineName> account.

To verify, you can set the full permission for all users, and then try uploading.
If it works, that means you need to provide the correct permissions.
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by:Tom Knowlton
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>>>>To verify, you can set the full permission for all users, and then try uploading.

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How do I do this?
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by:Tom Knowlton
ID: 24424635
I went in and set all the permissions to write / read for ROOT and then I INHERITED all permissions.

It still does not work.

Description: The application attempted to perform an operation not allowed by the security policy.  To grant this application the required permission please contact your system administrator or change the application's trust level in the configuration file.

Exception Details: System.Security.SecurityException: Request for the permission of type 'System.Security.Permissions.FileIOPermission, mscorlib, Version=2.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089' failed.
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by:ajolly
ID: 24427919
Exceptions from the System.Security.Permissions namespace are thrown when code access policies are not met.
To configure a policy you can use "Admin Tools" -> ".Net Framework v?.? Configuration" or caspol.exe.

You will probably need to create a new Permissin Set (duplicate existing is simpler) and add File IO permission and assign this to the appropriate Code Group.

Check out http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/930b76w0.aspx for more info.
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by:Tom Knowlton
ID: 24427992
ajolly:

Can you give me more clear instructions?  I am not familiar with the process you are describing.

Tom
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by:Tom Knowlton
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You do understand that I am talking about a hosted website, right?
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by:ajolly
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Sorry, i didn't mind if you ever mentioned about Hosted Website.

In case of Hosted Website, If it is a shared hosting, you will not do anything, in fact they will never allow you to do this. The only thing you can do is to ask your hosting provider to set proper rights for read/write.

I am just thinking, if it is a hosted environment, how did you check if all the permissions are set, which I asked you to check in previous posts !!!

Usually the good hosting providers have the experts to understand the .net framework, and they know how to give trust to an application for IO operations.

The best I can tell you is that it is the issue with permissions.
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by:Tom Knowlton
ID: 24434239
ajolly:

I guess the think I don't understand is this:

If I can already connect using filezilla ( an FTP client ) -- then why can't I do the SAME THING in my C# code behind?
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FTP client and the server side code works in a different way.

It is something like there is some code you have put on the server, and this code is trying to do whatever the code wants. In hosted environment, the code access security becomes vital, because your code is on server and you can do whatever you want if your code is not controlled by security permissions.

In case of FTP Client, it runs the code in your local machine, and needs only write permission to the folder.
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by:Tom Knowlton
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>>>and needs only write permission to the folder.

there's no way for me to do this using FtpRequest -- even though I can authenticate!!!????


This just seems odd to me.
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by:Tom Knowlton
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I'll give you the points NOW -- but I would like to continue to discuss this as long as you have patience to do so.  :)   Many thanks!
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by:ajolly
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no .. its not odd.

asp.net code has the capabilities... to do massive on server.
as it runs on the server, the code can access any directory and delete the contents or modify the registry settings.

and to control this, the hosting environment, controls is via the security model.

I will try to find some more information about the new classes added in .net framework 3.5 for the hosting environment permissions, and update you in some time.

thanks for the points.
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by:Tom Knowlton
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Thanks, ajolly.

Tom
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