Windows Azure Web Role and ACSv2 Application Exception- "A potentially dangerous Request.Form value was detected from the client (wresult="<t:RequestSecurityTo…")"

Recently I was working on my MVC3 ASP.NET Web Role application (Using Windows Azure Tools August 2011 Update based MVC3 template) which is interacting with App Fabric ACSv2 and I hit the following error:

Server Error in '/' Application.

A potentially dangerous Request.Form value was detected from the client (wresult="<t:RequestSecurityTo...").

Description: Request Validation has detected a potentially dangerous client input value, and processing of the request has been aborted. This value may indicate an attempt to compromise the security of your application, such as a cross-site scripting attack. To allow pages to override application request validation settings, set the requestValidationMode attribute in the httpRuntime configuration section to requestValidationMode="2.0". Example: <httpRuntime requestValidationMode="2.0" />. After setting this value, you can then disable request validation by setting validateRequest="false" in the Page directive or in the <pages> configuration section. However, it is strongly recommended that your application explicitly check all inputs in this case. For more information, see

Exception Details: System.Web.HttpRequestValidationException: A potentially dangerous Request.Form value was detected from the client (wresult="<t:RequestSecurityTo...").

Source Error:

An unhandled exception was generated during the execution of the current web request. Information regarding the origin and location of the exception can be identified using the exception stack trace below.

Stack Trace:


[HttpRequestValidationException (0x80004005): A potentially dangerous Request.Form value was detected from the client (wresult="<t:RequestSecurityTo...").]

   System.Web.HttpRequest.ValidateString(String value, String collectionKey, RequestValidationSource requestCollection) +11426596

   System.Web.HttpRequest.ValidateNameValueCollection(NameValueCollection nvc, RequestValidationSource requestCollection) +82

   System.Web.HttpRequest.get_Form() +212

   Microsoft.IdentityModel.Web.WSFederationAuthenticationModule.IsSignInResponse(HttpRequest request) +26

   Microsoft.IdentityModel.Web.WSFederationAuthenticationModule.CanReadSignInResponse(HttpRequest request, Boolean onPage) +145

   Microsoft.IdentityModel.Web.WSFederationAuthenticationModule.OnAuthenticateRequest(Object sender, EventArgs args) +108

   System.Web.SyncEventExecutionStep.System.Web.HttpApplication.IExecutionStep.Execute() +80

   System.Web.HttpApplication.ExecuteStep(IExecutionStep step, Boolean& completedSynchronously) +270



So if you get this error, don’t freak out…


The main reason for this problem can be found in your configuration. The web service was invoked where a parameter included an XML tag as below:


You can solve this problem two ways:


Solution #1:  Turn off request validation

Configure your web.config to add the following:

<pages validateRequest="false" />

You also need to use the following setting in your ASP.NET 4 application’s web.config to solved this problem:

<httpRuntime requestValidationMode="2.0" />


Solution #2:  Create a custom class to handle validation

Please create a customer validator clad and add the following line in the web.config:

<httpRuntime requestValidationType="CustomRequestValidator" />

To learn how to write a custom request validation handler, please follow the link below:

 Above link is the best information to follow up on this regard.


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