Exception thrown when WebAuthenticationBroker receives an OAuth2 callback


The WebAuthenticationBroker doesn't seem to be able to handle navigation to my ms-app://. Just throws this ugly error as you will see below.


  1. Call AuthenticateAsync(), including callback uri obtained at runtime: WebAuthenticationBroker.GetCurrentApplicationCallbackUri()
  2. Go through authorize process, hit Allow.
  3. Instead of returning, the broker shows the page Can't connect to service. We can't connect to the service you need right now. Unable to do anything, so I hit the Back button visible.
  4. Debugger breaks on catch: "The specified protocol is unknown. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x800C000D)"

The callback for WebAuthenticationBroker.AuthenticateAsync() is received (according to Fiddler4 & the Event Viewer) but it throws the aforementioned exception as if it doesn't know how to interpret the ms-app:// protocol.

All examples imply my code should work but I think there's something less obvious causing an issue.


private static string authorizeString =

private Uri startUri = new Uri(authorizeString);

public async void RequestToken() {
  try {
    var war = await WebAuthenticationBroker.AuthenticateAsync(
      , startUri);
      // Imgur knows my redirect URI, so I am not passing it through here

    if (war.ResponseStatus == WebAuthenticationStatus.Success) {
      var token = war.ResponseData;
  } catch (Exception e) { throw e; }

Event Viewer log excerpts (chronological order)

For information on how I obtained this, read the following MSDN: Web authentication problems (Windows). Unfortunately this is the only search result when querying authhost.exe navigation error.

  1. Information: AuthHost redirected to URL: <ms-app://s-1-15-2-504558873-2277781482-774653033-676865894-877042302-1411577334-1137525427/#access_token=------&expires_in=3600&token_type=bearer&refresh_token=------&account_username=------> from URL: <https://api.imgur.com/oauth2/authorize?client_id=------&response_type=token> with HttpStatusCode: 302.
  2. Error: AuthHost encountered a navigation error at URL: <https://api.imgur.com/oauth2/authorize?client_id=------&response_type=token> with StatusCode: 0x800C000D.
  3. Information: AuthHost encountered Meta Tag: mswebdialog-title with content: <Can't connect to the service>.

Thanks for reading, Stack. Don't fail me now!

asked on Stack Overflow Feb 7, 2013 by erodewald

2 Answers


Afaik, you need to pass the end URL to AuthenticateAsync even if you assume that the remote service knows it.

The way WebAuthenticationBroker works is like the following: you specify an "endpoint" URL and when it encounters a link that starts with this URL, it will consider the authentication process complete and doesn't even try navigating to this URL anymore. So if you specify "foo://bar" as callback URI, navigating to "foo://bar" will finish the authentication, as will "foo://barbaz", but not "foo://baz".

answered on Stack Overflow Feb 7, 2013 by milgner

Resolved! @ma_il helped me understand how the broker actually evaluates the redirect callback and it led me back to square one where I realized I assumed WebAuthenticationOptions.UseTitle was the proper usage. Not so. Up against Imgur's API using a token, it requires WebAuthenticationOptions.None and it worked immediately.

As an example to future answer-seekers, here's my code.

    private const string clientId = "---------";
private static Uri endUri = WebAuthenticationBroker.GetCurrentApplicationCallbackUri();
private static string authorizeString = "https://api.imgur.com/oauth2/authorize?" 
                                          + "client_id=" 
                                          + clientId 
                                          + "&response_type=token" 
                                          + "&state=somestateyouwant" 
                                          + "&redirect_uri=" 
                                          + endUri;
private Uri startUri = new Uri(authorizeString);   

public async void RequestToken() {
  try {
    WebAuthenticationResult webAuthenticationResult =
      await WebAuthenticationBroker.AuthenticateAsync(WebAuthenticationOptions.None
                                                      , startUri
                                                      , endUri);

    if (webAuthenticationResult.ResponseStatus == WebAuthenticationStatus.Success) {
      string token = webAuthenticationResult.ResponseData;
      // now you have the token
  } catch { throw; }
answered on Stack Overflow Feb 8, 2013 by erodewald

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