Creating a WCF service compatible with PCL

I am trying to create a WCF service I can consume with my PCL application.

The WCF service will be IIS hosted with SSL and custom username/password authentication.

I see that PCL only supports BasicHttpBinding. What is the simplest way to create a WCF service that will work with something like this:

var temp = new MyWebServiceClient();
                temp.ClientCredentials.UserName.UserName = "username";
                temp.ClientCredentials.UserName.Password = "password";
                var result = temp.GetSomething("");

Right now I am trying to use basicHttpBinding with clientCredentialType="Basic" but am having a lot of trouble getting custom auth to work properly. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks much


  • NicolaLoroNicolaLoro USMember ✭✭

    Hi Julien. I was looking for a reply to my issue, but found your question.
    You need to setup your WCF service with userNameAuthentication, like this:

            <userNameAuthentication userNamePasswordValidationMode="Custom" customUserNamePasswordValidatorType="YourValidator, YourBinaryWhereValidatorIs" />

    Have a look around, you should find how to create your custom validator. Then on the PCL side, you can do something like this:

                var ServiceendPoint = new EndpointAddress(new Uri(URL));
                var binding = new BasicHttpBinding();
                binding.MaxBufferSize = 2147483647;
                binding.MaxReceivedMessageSize = 2147483647;
                binding.Security.Mode = BasicHttpSecurityMode.Transport;
                binding.Security.Transport.ClientCredentialType = HttpClientCredentialType.Basic;
                YourClient client = new YourClient(binding, ServiceendPoint);
                client.ClientCredentials.UserName.UserName = username;
                client.ClientCredentials.UserName.Password = password;
                var result = await client.DoSomething();

    The credentials validation is then automatically made by the WCF service at transport level. So the call to DoSomething will work only if they get validated.

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