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ASP.NET Vunerability Fix Today

Posted in: Programming by Steve on September 28, 2010

Scott Guthrie announced on his blog that a fix from Microsoft will be available for download sometime today, and that the fix will be available through Windows Update in the coming week(s)

Please make sure to update your servers.

Update (3:00 PM)

Scott Guthrie has a post on all the fixes:

ASP.NET Vunerability In Action

Posted in: Programming by Steve on September 20, 2010

Watch how easy it is for a hacker to use a script to get your machine keys, then exploit to get a file uploaded using DotNetNuke to execute on the server.

Scary stuff

See Scott Guthrie’s post on how fix your site.

ASP.NET Security Vunerability Fix

Posted in: Programming by Steve on September 19, 2010

In my previous post, ASP.NET Vulnerability, I wrote about an issue in ASP.NET that would allow someone to get information from your 500 errors.  Microsoft has a fix workaround for this issue. They recommend to change your web.config to not allow the “Yellow Screen of Death” and display a friendly message to end users on public servers.  To do this, you have to change the <customErrors> section of your web.config to look like this:

.NET 3.5 SP1 and later

[<location allowOverride="false">
    <customErrors mode="On" redirectMode="ResponseRewrite" defaultRedirect="~/ErrorPage.aspx" />

Earlier than .NET 3.5 SP1

[<location allowOverride="false">
    <customErrors mode="On" defaultRedirect="~/error.html" />

Additionally, either create a static error.html page in a location accessible to the end user or a ErrorPage.aspx that is defined in the bulletin from Microsoft.

ASP.NET Vulnerability

Posted in: General by Steve on September 14, 2010

Looks like there’s a AES encryption bug in ASP.NET applications that use Forms Authentication, Membership or Role Providers.

Details will be available on Friday, but this is very disconcerting because even if the person who found this wanted to, he/she would not be able to fix it.  Microsoft has to issue a patch and then test it, then release it (maybe).

Revisiting the slow SqlDataAdapter.Fill method

Posted in: Programming by Steve on January 30, 2009

In my previous post, Do Not Taunt sp_updatestats, I described a problem where a query was taking a lot longer than expected.  I followed my own advice and ran sp_updatestats on the database and tried to run my query from the website again. 

What happened? Timeout. The same thing was happening where my query was running immediately in Sql Server Management Studio, but not when using ADO.NET.

I used Red Gate ANTS Profiler to see which method was slowing down.  It determined that the calling of the SqlDataAdapter.Fill(DataTable) method was causing the issue.

I then refactored to use a DataReader to rule out any weirdness and the same issue occurred.  I then looked for any issues with long queries in .NET, but should be shorter in SSMS.

I came across a couple of articles mentioning that if you want to replicate this behavior in SSMS, run this statement before you execute your proc:


This will mimic the behavior of ADO.NET. 

So how do you fix this?  There are 3 things I found that you could do.  First, make sure your database indexes are reindexed in some kind of maintenance plan.  I didn’t have any kind of maintenance on my database.  If you need to reindex immediately, execute this SQL:

-- Execute this to rebuild all for a given database. Replace the <databasename> after EXEC.
EXEC <databasename>..sp_MSforeachtable @command1='DBCC DBREINDEX (''*'')', @replacechar='*'

The next solution would be to execute “SET ARITHABORT ON” before running your stored procedure.

Using cn As New SqlConnection(Me.ConnectionString)
    Dim cmd As New SqlCommand("web_LongIntenseQuery", cn)
    cmd.CommandType = CommandType.StoredProcedure
    cmd.Parameters.Add("@UserID", SqlDbType.BigInt).Value = UserID
    'this will allow the sproc to run
    Dim arithabortCmd As New SqlCommand("SET ARITHABORT ON", cn)

    Dim ret As Integer = ExecuteNonQuery(cmd)
    Return (ret = 1)
End Using

Or the last option would be to add the SET ARITHABORT ON in your sproc.

More on stored procedure performance from Steven Smith (,