Supporting Cross Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) requests in a WCF Rest service - Part 2

For a background in the subject please see part 1.

To handle Cors requests we can take advantage of the extensibility mechanism that is embedded in WCF. There are many extension points that we can use and the cors problem can be issued in more than one way.
There is a great article, written by Aaron Skonnard, published in the Dec 2007 issue of MSDN magazine, that covers many parts of this mechanism that I can recommend for further reading.

Our main problem is that we need to analyse the incoming request and determine if it is a cors preflight request, cors normal request or a normal request. Preflight request should not reach the service method at all since we don't want to invoke the service method. The other requests should invoke the method but for all cors responses we should add extra headers.

I found a reply by Carlos Figueira in a msdn thread that solves the "analyse message and skip invoking the service method"-part that I used as a start. (as a side note Richard Blewett stated (in the same thread) that we could intercept the message before it reaches the dispatcher by writing a protocol channel. I will leave that excercise to the reader or for another day.)

So to analyse the incoming message we use the first avaliable extension point in the dispatcher (server) that would be the Message inspection stage.
To use this extension point we implement an IDispatchMessageInspector. In this stage we are at the service endpoint and haven't decided wich method of the service that we should call. What we do here is that we look for a cors request (checking if the Origin header is present). If so we create a Cors state object and adds a property to the message so we can use this later on in other extension points.
If it is a preflight request we also create a response message that we should use.
When the message inspector receives the reply we add the headers (and if it was a preflight request, we replace the whole response.

In part 3 we will continue to the operation level where we check the property and omits the call to the service method in case of a preflight request.

View code on github https://github.com/dhvik/Wcf-cors-behavior/blob/master/CorsDispatchMessageInspector.cs

In part 3 we will see how we handle things on the operation level.

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