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Fix sign-out with ASP.Net Identity Core 2.1

For a new app I’m writing using ASP.Net MVC Core 2.1, EF Core 2.1 and ASP.Net Identity 2.1 I had to implement the sign-out / log-out functionality. You may ask why, because this is shipped with ASP.Net Core OOTB? Yes – it is. But in the default template with ASP.Net Identity Core EF 2.1 it does not work.

I think I can work but depends on the kind auf authentication you activate. I use token authentication via cookies. The logoff action shipped with ASP.Net Core 2.1 doesn’t work for this. It forward you to the log-off page telling you, that you have been logged out but actually you are still logged in.

I figured that the cookie with the authentication token is still present in the the browser session – even after you called the default logout action. The token-authentication works the way the server generate an encrypted authentication token (basically a string) that is passed forth and back using a cookie. The server validates this token with each request. Normally there is no server-side token-store or so. So there is no need to actively log-out on the server-side.

To fix it I implemented my own action which removes this cookie and then redirect to the start-page of my app. To do this more reliable I gave the authentication cookie my own custom name.

In ConfigureServices() in Startup.cs I placed the following code to configure authentication:

services.ConfigureApplicationCookie(options =>
    // Cookie settings
    options.Cookie.HttpOnly = true;
    options.ExpireTimeSpan = TimeSpan.FromMinutes(30);
    options.LoginPath = "/Identity/Account/Login";
    options.AccessDeniedPath = "/Identity/Account/AccessDenied";
    options.SlidingExpiration = true;
    options.Cookie.Name = GlobalConstants.AuthCookieName;

Check the custom name (stored in a global constant) for options.Cookie.Name.

Then I wrote my little logout action like this:

public IActionResult Logout()
    return RedirectToAction("Index");

Finally I placed a link to this new Logout action in my user-menu.

That’s it. Hope it helps.

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