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"dataAnnotations:dataTypeAttribute:disableRegEx" app setting is on by default in .NET Framework 4.7.2



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Change Description

In .NET Framework 4.6.1, an app setting ("dataAnnotations:dataTypeAttribute:disableRegEx") was introduced that allows users to disable the use of regular expressions in data type attributes (such as xref:System.ComponentModel.DataAnnotations.EmailAddressAttribute?displayProperty=nameWithType, xref:System.ComponentModel.DataAnnotations.UrlAttribute?displayProperty=nameWithType, and xref:System.ComponentModel.DataAnnotations.PhoneAttribute?displayProperty=nameWithType). This helps to reduce security vulnerability such as avoiding the possibility of a Denial of Service attack using specific regular expressions.

In .NET Framework 4.6.1, this app setting to disable RegEx usage was set to false by default. Staring with .NET Framework 4.7.2, this config switch is set to true by default to further reduce secure vulnerability for web applications that target .NET Framework 4.7.2 and above.

Recommended Action

If you find that regular expressions in your web application do not work after upgrading to .NET Framework 4.7.2, you can update the value of the "dataAnnotations:dataTypeAttribute:disableRegEx" setting to false to revert to the previous behavior.

        <add key="dataAnnotations:dataTypeAttribute:disableRegEx" value="false"/>


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