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I am facing a CORS policy problem and I do not know how to fix it. I tried many approaches but what makes me crazy is that the service works fine on some devices and I can utilize all its resources and works a little bit on others and does not work at others while the whole devices having the same configuration equally set. To be more clear I am having a Web application based entirely and only on AngularJS 2 and a Web API that exposes a few actions. I installed the IIS and hosted the Web API on the default Web Site, which means it can be called from port 80 for simplicity, and I hosted the Web application using port 4200. Now let's give more detail about my Web API application structure.

EMG.WebApi.Core -> this project is the core project in which I put the controller classes and the web configuration class
EMG.WebApi.WebHost -> this project is used merely for hosting and it contains a reference to the EMG.WebApi.Core project and is the one that contains the Global.asax and within its Application_Start I am calling the Register method of Configuration class of the WebApi.Core and give it as a parameter the GlobalConfiguration object to register my handlers, tracers etc.

using EMG.ElectrometerWS.WebApi.Core;
using System;
using System.Web.Http;
using EMG.ElectrometerWS.WebApi.Core.Configuration;

namespace EMG.ElectrometerWS.WebApi.WebHost
    public class Global : System.Web.HttpApplication
        protected void Application_Start(object sender, EventArgs e)

using EMG.ElectrometerWS.WebApi.Core.Handlers;
using EMG.ElectrometerWS.WebApi.Core.Tracer;
using System;
using System.Configuration;
using System.Web.Http;
using System.Web.Http.Cors;
using System.Web.Http.Tracing;

namespace EMG.ElectrometerWS.WebApi.Core.Configuration
    public static class WebApiConfig

        public static string CorsOrigin
                string result = ConfigurationManager.AppSettings.Get("CorsOrigin");
                if (!string.IsNullOrEmpty(result))
                    return result;
                throw new Exception("AppSetting CorsOrigin not found in web.config file.");
        public static void Register(HttpConfiguration config)

            // Web API configuration and services
            EnableCorsAttribute enableCors =
               new EnableCorsAttribute(CorsOrigin, "*", "*");
            // Web API routes
                name: "DefaultApi",
                routeTemplate: "api/{controller}/{id}",
                defaults: new { id = RouteParameter.Optional }
            //    name: "Secret Api",
            //    routeTemplate: "secretapi/{controller}/{id}",
            //    defaults: new { id = RouteParameter.Optional },
            //    constraints: null,
            //    handler: new ApiKeyProtectionMessageHandler() {
            //        InnerHandler = new HttpControllerDispatcher(config)
            //    });

            // Enable ASP.NET Web API tracing
            //config.Services.Replace(typeof(ITraceWriter), new EntryExitTracer());
            //config.Services.Replace(typeof(ITraceWriter), new WebApiTracer());

            //config.MessageHandlers.Add(new EmptyPostBodyMessageHandler());
            // Message handler to check the performance in production environment ONLY
            config.MessageHandlers.Add(new TracingHandler());
            //config.MessageHandlers.Add(new XHttpMethodOverrideHandler());
            config.MessageHandlers.Add(new JwtHandler());

EMG.ElectrometerWS.WebApi.WebHost Web.Cofig

   <add key="CorsOrigin" value="http://localhost:4200"/>

What makes me crazy is that everything works fine on my colleague laptop and he can use all the actions. On mine I cannot call some of PUT methods while I can for others on other colleague/testers they can only call GET methods!!! And increases my surprises is that after clearing the browser history/cookies one of those laptops that have only GET methods being called have all things works fine.

What I have tried:

I tried a lot of approaches

EnableCorsAttribute enableCors =
               new EnableCorsAttribute(CorsOrigin, "*", "*");

Creating the following handler and registered it as the first handler before other handlers

public class CorsPreflightHandler : DelegatingHandler
protected override async Task<HttpResponseMessage> SendAsync(HttpRequestMessage request,
CancellationToken cancellationToken)
if (request.Headers.Contains("Origin") && request.Method == HttpMethod.Options)
var response = new HttpResponseMessage(HttpStatusCode.OK);
response.Headers.Add("Access-Control-Allow-Origin", "*");
response.Headers.Add("Access-Control-Allow-Methods", "*");

return response;
return await base.SendAsync(request, cancellationToken);

Removing the previous code and configured the CORS using the Web.config file of the WebHost project

            <add name="Access-Control-Allow-Origin" value="http:localhost:4200" />
            <add name="Access-Control-Allow-Methods" value="*" />
            <add name="Access-Control-Allow-Headers" value="*" />

Finally removing the web config tags and enabled if on each controller class

[EnableCors(origins: "http://localhost:4200", headers: "*", methods: "*")]
    public class XXXController : ApiController
       Public string Get(int id)
           return "value";
Posted 12-Jan-18 12:44pm
Updated 12-Jan-18 12:47pm
j snooze 12-Jan-18 18:00pm
don't know if this will help you but I using .net core, I have this. in my startup.cs

// This method gets called by the runtime. Use this method to add services to the container.
public void ConfigureServices(IServiceCollection services)

services.Configure<iisoptions>(options => { options.ForwardWindowsAuthentication = true; });
var appSettings = Configuration.GetSection("AppSettings");

// This method gets called by the runtime. Use this method to configure the HTTP request pipeline.
public void Configure(IApplicationBuilder app, IHostingEnvironment env, ILoggerFactory loggerFactory)

// Shows UseCors with named policy.
app.UseCors(builder => builder.WithOrigins("*")

app.UseMvc(routes =>
name: "default",
template: "api/{controller}/{action}/{id?}");
j snooze 12-Jan-18 18:01pm
I do feel your pain though, I fought the preflight for hours. Fun times.
Amr Mohammad Rashad 13-Jan-18 6:42am
Unfortunately I am not using Core framework :(. I saw a lot of solution and I have tried almost all of them but I got lots of wired working/not working situations. Also I've added my own json web token handler and I am not using OWIN type of token authentication as I do not know anything about OWIN and I do not have time to investigate as we should present some demo to the client or we are going to loss the tender :(.
Amr Mohammad Rashad 13-Jan-18 6:40am
Is my question is a mystery or there can be a solution?
j snooze 15-Jan-18 17:33pm
I don't know. Most of my issues were I was just learning about cors from an angular2/.net core perspective. I had my angular2 passing the the credentials, but ended up having to allow anonymous authentication for the preflight to make it through. This was only an intranet application and I used windows authentication for the actual call, but still had to enable anonymous for the preflight. Probably not your situation, but that was my dilemma.
Amr Mohammad Rashad 16-Jan-18 6:34am
I am using JWT (i.e., Json Web Token) as my authentication mechanism. I added my Jwt message handler and it just works fine for me. There is also the OWIN version of such authentication mechanism but I do not know about it. Now the cors works fine for me! using the first above mentioned approach by adding a new application setting within the web.config of the service and registers it using the config.EnableCors(enableCors) however I do not know exactly what the issue is why it was not working from previously? May be it is related to IIS or it was a Front-End incorrect urls?

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