9.1 Ensure App Service Authentication is set on Azure App Service


Azure App Service Authentication is a feature that can prevent anonymous HTTP requests from reaching the API app, or authenticate those that have tokens before they reach the API app. If an anonymous request is received from a browser, App Service will redirect to a logon page. To handle the logon process, a choice from a set of identity providers can be made, or a custom authentication mechanism can be implemented.


By Enabling App Service Authentication, every incoming HTTP request passes through it before being handled by the application code. It also handles authentication of users with the specified provider(Azure Active Directory, Facebook, Google, Microsoft Account, and Twitter), validation, storing and refreshing of tokens, managing the authenticated sessions and injecting identity information into request headers.


This is only required for App Services which require authentication. Enabling on site like a marketing or support website will prevent unauthenticated access which would be undesirable.

Adding Authentication requirement will increase cost of App Service and require additional security components to facilitate the authentication.


From Azure Console

Login to Azure Portal using https://portal.azure.com

Go to App Services

Click on each App

Under Setting section, Click on Authentication / Authorization

Set App Service Authentication to On

Choose other parameters as per your requirement and Click on Save

Using Azure Command Line Interface
To set App Service Authentication for an existing app, run the following command:

az webapp auth update --resource-group <RESOURCE_GROUP_NAME> --name <APP_NAME> --enabled true

In order to access App Service Authentication settings for Web app using Microsoft API requires Website Contributor permission at subscription level. A custom role can be created in place of website contributor to provide more specific permission and maintain the principle of least privileged access.

Default Value:

By default, App Service Authentication is disabled when a new app is created using the command-line tool or Azure Portal console.

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References: 800-53|AC-3, 800-53|MP-2, CSCv7|16

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