Wednesday, June 15, 2011

How to allow special characters in URL or query string

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I am using asp.net 4.0 with Sql server. I have an requirement to pass special characters in URL query string.

for example my URL need to be like http://mysite.com/default.aspx?a=xyx(abc)
In the above URL my special character is "(" and ")". While development I have not faced any issue but as I uploaded the files to serve it start giving error 404 (page not found) where ever I have use "(" or ")" special characters.

When I started searching I have tried many solutions. but nothing works for me.
Then on some site some one has sugested to check IIS log.

When I checked the log I found that I have Installed Microsoft URL Scan 3.1 on my server which is filtering the URL.

So, I need to allow "(" and ")" on my server so, I decided to allow there characters in my URL.

So, to add exception to URL Scan 3.1 you need to open urlscan.ini which you can find in "%windir%\system32\inetsrv\urlscan\"

You can use 2 sections to allow special characters
1) DenyQueryStringSequences
2) AlwaysAllowedUrls


DenyQueryStringSequences - In this section you can add and remove the allowed characters but this will allow for all the URLs.

AlwaysAllowedUrls - In this you can define a single URL like "/default.aspx".So, the special characters will be allowed to only single URL not to all the URL of the IIS sites

3 comments:

SMS Computer Solutions said...

Brilliant post! A URL is a type of Uniform Resource Identifier or also called URI. In many technical documents and verbal discussions URL is often used as a synonym for URI.

IT Solutions said...

Thanks a lot for a bunch of good tips. I look forward to reading more on the topic in the future. Keep up the good work! This blog is going to be great resource. Love reading it.

Great Solution!

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