FIX: Stronger Credentials for processModel, identity, and sessionState

This article was previously published under Q329250
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Some areas of the Microsoft .NET Framework version 1.0 do not have security-enhanced methods to store the user name field and the password field for the processModel configuration element and for the identity. Also, some areas do not have security-enhanced methods to store the connectionString field for the sessionState configuration element.
A supported hotfix is now available from Microsoft, but it is only intended to correct the problem that is described in this article. Only apply it to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix may receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next .NET Framework 1.0 service pack that contains this hotfix.

To resolve this problem immediately, contact Microsoft Product Support Services to obtain the hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Product Support Services telephone numbers and information about support costs, visit the following Microsoft Web site:Note In special cases, charges that are ordinarily incurred for support calls may be canceled if a Microsoft Support Professional determines that a specific update will resolve your problem. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for the specific update in question.

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in coordinated universal time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.
   Date         Time   Version       Size       File name   --------------------------------------------------------------   20-Sep-2002  17:49  1.0.3705.360    196,608  Aspnet_isapi.dll   20-Sep-2002  17:49                   19,332  Aspnet_perf.ini   20-Sep-2002  17:49  1.0.3705.360     24,576  Aspnet_regiis.exe   20-Sep-2002  17:49  1.0.3705.360     28,672  Aspnet_wp.exe   20-Sep-2002  17:49                       15  Smartnav.htm   20-Sep-2002  17:49                    8,800  Smartnav.js   20-Sep-2002  17:49                    7,003  Smartnavie5.js   20-Sep-2002  17:49  1.0.3705.360  1,187,840  System.web.dll

Note When you install this hotfix, it will tell you that it is installing Q328267. This hotfix is also labeled as Q328267 when you try to remove it.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
More information
This hotfix addresses the problem by letting you encrypt and then store this information in the registry.

After you apply this hotfix, you must obtain the following tool for this hotfix to work correctly:
329290 How to use the ASP.NET utility to encrypt credentials and session state connection strings
To store your credentials in the registry, follow the steps in Q329290. After you finish the steps, edit your Config file so that it reads the information from the registry. To do this, use the following sample code:
<processModel>    enable="true"    userName="registry:HKLM\Software\SomeKey,somevalue"    password="registry:HKLM\Software\SomeKey,somevalue"    ...</processModel>				
For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

Article ID: 329250 - Last Review: 11/02/2013 21:43:00 - Revision: 5.0

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