Can user hack values in action parameter?



I have table Orders and table OrderPositions.

public partial class Orders { public Orders() { this.OrderPositions = new HashSet<OrderPositions>(); } public int OrderId { get; set; } public string Title { get; set; } public virtual ICollection<OrderPositions> OrderPositions { get; set; } } public partial class OrderPositions { public int OrderPositionId { get; set; } public int OrderId { get; set; } public string Name { get; set; } public virtual Orders Orders { get; set; } }

On the view user <strong>can modify single record from OrderPositions</strong> table. In controller:

[HttpPost] public ActionResult Edit(OrderPositions orderPosition) { // save orderPosition }

So parameter orderPosition.Orders should be = null because on the form in view user can modify only order position. But can user hack it? I mean that in parameter orderPosition.Orders won't be null and I update record not only in table OrderPositions but also in table Orders? Or ASP.NET MVC prevent from that situation?


It really depends on what you do here

[HttpPost] public ActionResult Edit(OrderPositions orderPosition) { // save orderPosition }

If you're saving the whole entity then yes there is nothing stopping a user passing over addition entity properties. There are a few ways to prevent this though, here are a couple...

<strong>1.Create a new entity at the point of saving</strong>

[HttpPost] public ActionResult Edit(OrderPositions orderPosition) { if(ModelState.IsValid) { var order = new OrderPositions { OrderPositionId = orderPosition.OrderPositionId, OrderId = orderPosition.OrderId, Name = orderPosition.Name }; //Then save this new entity } }

<strong>2.Create a Model specific to the entity's action</strong>

public class EditOrderPosition { [Required] public int PositionId { get; set; } [Required] public int Id { get; set; } [Required] public string Name { get; set; } } [HttpPost] public ActionResult Edit(EditOrderPosition model) { if(ModelState.IsValid) { var order = new OrderPositions { OrderPositionId = model.PositionId, OrderId = model.Id, Name = model.Name }; //Then save this new entity } }

I generally go with the 2nd method as it stops direct user involvement with my entities. As a rule of thumb I never use entity objects as parameters in controller actions.

Hope this helps


Yes they can. This is one reason I do not expose my entities as a parameter to action methods, instead I use DTOs that only have the properties that I expect.

This is an example of the <a href="http://odetocode.com/blogs/scott/archive/2012/03/12/complete-guide-to-mass-assignment-in-asp-net-mvc.aspx" rel="nofollow">Mass Assignment Vulnerability</a>.


Yes, there is nothing preventing a rogue app calling your endpoint with arbitrary data. Always validate everything serverside.


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