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wcf service with usename password validation

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I have created a wcf service and want to do username password validation in this service. So I created a custom UserNamePassValidator  as shown in the code.

class UserNamePassValidator : System.IdentityModel.Selectors.UserNamePasswordValidator
        public override void Validate(string userName, string password)
            if (userName == null || password == null)
                throw new ArgumentNullException();

            if (!(userName == "MyUser" && password == "MyPass"))
                throw new FaultException("Incorrect Username or Password");

The wcf configuration is as follows:
        <binding name="wsHttpBinding" allowCookies="true"
          maxBufferPoolSize="2147483647" maxReceivedMessageSize="2147483647">
          <readerQuotas maxDepth="2147483647" maxStringContentLength="2147483647"
            maxArrayLength="2147483647" maxBytesPerRead="2147483647" />
          <security mode="Message">
            <message clientCredentialType="UserName"/>
    <client />
      <service behaviorConfiguration="MyWCF_Behavior" name="MyWCF_ReportService.MyWCF_ReportService">
        <endpoint address="wsHttpBinding" binding="wsHttpBinding" bindingConfiguration=""
          name="wsHttpBinding" bindingName="wsHttpBinding" contract="MyWCF_ReportService.IMyWCF_ReportService" />
        <endpoint address="mex" binding="mexHttpBinding" bindingConfiguration=""
          name="mex" bindingName="mex" contract="IMetadataExchange" />
            <add baseAddress="http://localhost/MyWCF_ReportService/" />
        <behavior name="MyWCF_Behavior">
          <serviceMetadata httpGetEnabled="true" />
            <serviceCertificate findValue="localhost" storeLocation="LocalMachine"
              storeName="My" x509FindType="FindBySubjectName" />
            <userNameAuthentication userNamePasswordValidationMode="Custom"
              customUserNamePasswordValidatorType="MyWCF_ReportService.UserNamePassValidator, MyWCF_ReportService" />
          <serviceDebug />

The service is hosted on IIS.

I also created a certificate and installed it.
I created a desktop client that consumes the wcf service to generate report. code as follows:
 private void button1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
            Dictionary<string, string> d = new Dictionary<string, string>()
	            {"MemberID", "MX12345"}
            // Method 1: Create the client using the configuration file

            MyWCF_ReportServiceReference.MyWCF_ReportServiceClient c = new MyWCF_ReportServiceReference.MyWCF_ReportServiceClient("wsHttpBinding");
            c.ClientCredentials.UserName.UserName = "ussr";
            c.ClientCredentials.UserName.Password = "pswd";
            c.ClientCredentials.ServiceCertificate.Authentication.CertificateValidationMode = X509CertificateValidationMode.None;
                Byte[] ReportArray = c.GenerateSSRSReport("/DataMgt/Sample1", d);
            catch (FaultException<MyFaultException> ee) { textBox2.Text = ee.Detail.Reason; }
            catch (System.InvalidOperationException ie) { textBox2.Text = ie.Message; }
            catch (TimeoutException te) { textBox2.Text = te.Message; }
            catch (FaultException fEx) { textBox2.Text = fEx.Message; }
            catch (CommunicationException ce) { textBox2.Text = ce.Message; }

 public static void SaveReport(byte[] reportBytes)
...... //code to save file on server

As you can see the UserNamePassValidator  class in the WCF service has the user name password different from what is passed in the client code. But, it still generates the report and saves it correctly.  I was expecting it to throw new FaultException("Incorrect Username or Password") but, that is not happening. Why?

Thanks for your help.
Aaron Jabamani
Technical Architect

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