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Try catch block around "A potentially dangerous Request.Form"

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6 Nov 2011CPOL
Try catch block around "A potentially dangerous Request.Form"
Sometimes, the user enters HTML tags or malicious characters in text fields. By default, ASP.NET blocks those characters and shows the following error:

A potentially dangerous Request.Form value was detected from the client (aa="<te>").

If we want to show a user friendly message on the raise of this exception, then we have to catch that particular type of exception. But the question is, from where we can catch that exception where we place our try catch block to catch this type of exception. I have seen lot of solutions which are mostly using global.asax where they handle this exception on Application_Error. But what if we want to catch this type of error on Page. Here is the solution:

protected override System.Collections.Specialized.NameValueCollection DeterminePostBackMode()
            return base.DeterminePostBackMode();
        catch(HttpRequestValidationException ex) {
//            do the handling here
return null;


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Comments and Discussions

QuestionNot working for me Pin
Eitan.Aviran6-Sep-12 2:11
Eitan.Aviran6-Sep-12 2:11 
GeneralHave you tested this with ASP.NET 4.0? Request validation no... Pin
Richard Deeming8-Nov-11 7:56
mveRichard Deeming8-Nov-11 7:56 
GeneralRe: I havn't tested it on .Net 4.0 but it seems pretty logical t... Pin
M I developer8-Nov-11 20:19
professionalM I developer8-Nov-11 20:19 
GeneralThanks, buddy! Vote of 5! Pin
Carsten V2.07-Nov-11 19:20
Carsten V2.07-Nov-11 19:20 
GeneralRe: Thanx Pin
M I developer8-Nov-11 20:11
professionalM I developer8-Nov-11 20:11 
GeneralOr you could turn validation off and do your own validation ... Pin
Henry.Ayoola3-Nov-11 4:15
Henry.Ayoola3-Nov-11 4:15 
Or you could turn validation off and do your own validation on the inputs.
GeneralRe: but in that case you have to check every input for malicious... Pin
M I developer3-Nov-11 19:11
professionalM I developer3-Nov-11 19:11 
GeneralReason for my vote of 5 Been looking for this, thanks! Pin
jim lahey3-Nov-11 3:24
jim lahey3-Nov-11 3:24 
GeneralRe: Thanx Pin
M I developer8-Nov-11 20:21
professionalM I developer8-Nov-11 20:21 

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