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My website Introduces users to site via a default pages (http://domainName/Default.aspx) contained on page is user Login Control.  Upon user authentication user is transfer to a role driven admin page or a member page (https://domainName/siteName/RoleDrivenPage.aspx).  My problem is everyone needs access to see Default page because there are links to non-secure areas.  I cannot set 'requireSSL= true' because default page resides on 'http', and when I set 'requireSSL=false' user logs in and then require to login again using https://domainName/siteName/Default.aspx.  

Is there a way to use this Default/Login functionality?
Web.config:

 <!--
            The <authentication> section enables configuration 
            of the security authentication mode used by 
            ASP.NET to identify an incoming user. 
        -->
    <authentication mode="Forms">
      <forms protection="All" name=".ASPXFORMSAUTH" loginUrl="Default.aspx" slidingExpiration="false"  timeout="10" requireSSL="true"
        cookieless="UseCookies" />
    </authentication>
    <!-- This section denies access to all files in this application except for those that you have not explicitly specified by using another setting. -->
    <authorization>
      <deny users="?" />
    </authorization>
    <httpCookies requireSSL="true" />
    <!--Memeber ship Class -->
    <membership defaultProvider="SqlProvider" userIsOnlineTimeWindow="15">
      <providers>
        <remove name="AspNetSqlProvider" />
        <add name="SqlProvider" type="System.Web.Security.SqlMembershipProvider" connectionStringName="rmeaspnetdbConnectionString" applicationName="/" enablePasswordRetrieval="false" enablePasswordReset="true" requiresQuestionAndAnswer="false" requiresUniqueEmail="false" passwordFormat="Hashed"/>
      </providers>
    </membership>
    <!--Role Management goes here-->
    <roleManager defaultProvider="SqlProvider" enabled="true" cacheRolesInCookie="true" cookieProtection="All">
      <providers>
        <add name="SqlProvider" type="System.Web.Security.SqlRoleProvider" connectionStringName="rmeaspnetdbConnectionString"
             applicationName="/" />
      </providers>
    </roleManager>
  </system.web> <!-- Closing System.web inorder to apply location tags -->

  <!-- This section gives the unauthenticated user access to the Default1.aspx page only. It is located in the same folder as this configuration file. -->
  <location path="Default.aspx">
    <system.web>
      <authorization>
        <allow users ="*" />
      </authorization>
    </system.web>
  </location>
  <!-- This section gives the authenticated user access to all of the files that are stored in the Member Content Pages folder.  -->
  <location path="MemberContentPages">
    <system.web>
      <authorization>
        <deny users ="?" />
        <allow users = "*" />
      </authorization>
    </system.web>
  </location>
  <!-- This section gives the authenticated user with Role Administrator, Site Admin and Assistant access to all of the files that are stored in the Entity Content Pages folder.  -->
  <location path="EntityContentPages">
    <system.web>
      <authorization>
        <deny users ="?" />
        <deny roles = "Member" />
        <deny roles = "Client" />
      </authorization>
    </system.web>
  </location>

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Question by:Robert Treadwell
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As long as you aren't pulling content from sources via "http" you can have offsite links to "http" from an "https" page. Things to watch are mainly images and CSS files. If you can, switch these to be relative links (e.g., "/MySite/Style.css" instead of "http://mysite.com/MySite/Style.css").

The other option would be to create a separate login page.
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by:Steve Bink
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Why not make the default page for http forward to https instead?  
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by:Robert Treadwell
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I thought of that and will do it at last resort.  However I was reading documentation on Login over HTTPS from HTTP, are you aware 'routinet'  how to do this and do you happen to know where I may be able to find an example of this functionality.
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>>> I thought of that and will do it at last resort.

I don't see why it should be a last resort.  I have never seen the use in having a non-SSL portion of your site if you already have the SSL certificate to secure it.

>>> Login over HTTPS from HTTP

The HTTP or HTTPS describes the structure and flow between a client and a server.  If I request a page from your server using HTTP, the response is sent in plain text.  If that page has a link or a form to an HTTPS page, and I click it or submit the form, my client will initiate an SSL conversation with your server, and my subsequent request and your response will be sent as encrypted content.  For a link, that takes the form of:

<a href="https://yourserver.com/page.php">

For a form:

<form name="myform" action="https://yourserver.com/formhandler.php" method="post">

The main thing you need to be aware of when switching to SSL is that other resources need to come from an SSL source also.  Otherwise, the user receives a mixed-content warning.  You can easily account for this behavior by using relative links in your resources.  For example, instead of:

<img src="http://yourserver.com/images/image.jpg" />

Use this:

<img src="/images/image.jpg" />

The requests generated by the second example will automagically add the protocol and server name, since it is implied to be the same server and protocol as the original request.
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