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Improving Web Application Security: Threats and Countermeasures by Microsoft Corporation

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Machine.Config and Web.Config Explained

The configuration management provided by the .NET Framework encompasses a broad range of settings that allow an administrator to manage the Web application and its environment. These settings are stored in XML configuration files, some of which control machine-wide settings, while others control application-specific configuration.

XML configuration files can be edited with any text editor, such as Notepad, or with XML editors. XML tags are case sensitive, so ensure that the correct case is used.

Figure 19-1 shows the configuration files used to configure ASP.NET Web applications that are available to administrators.

Figure 19-1. ASP.NET configuration files

The Machine.config and Web.config files share many of ...

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