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There's already an answered question about the same subject but as it's from '09 I consider it outdated.

How to properly implement "Confirm Password" in ASP.NET MVC 3?

I'm seeing a lot of options on the Web, most of them using the CompareAttribute in the model like this one

The problem is that definitely ConfirmPassword shound't be in the model as it shouldn't be persisted.

As the whole unobstrusive client validation from MVC 3 rely on the model and I don't feel like putting a ConfirmPassword property on my model, what should I do?

Should I inject a custom client validation function? If so.. How?

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As the whole unobstrusive client validation from MVC 3 rely on the model and I don't feel like putting a ConfirmPassword property on my model, what should I do?

A completely agree with you. That's why you should use view models. Then on your view model (a class specifically designed for the requirements of the given view) you could use the [Compare] attribute:

public class RegisterViewModel
{
    [Required]
    public string Username { get; set; }

    [Required]
    public string Password { get; set; }

    [Compare("Password", ErrorMessage = "Confirm password doesn't match, Type again !")]
    public string ConfirmPassword { get; set; }
}

and then have your controller action take this view model

[HttpPost]
public ActionResult Register(RegisterViewModel model)
{
    if (!ModelState.IsValid)
    {
        return View(model);
    }

    // TODO: Map the view model to a domain model and pass to a repository
    // Personally I use and like AutoMapper very much (http://automapper.codeplex.com)

    return RedirectToAction("Success");
}
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