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FileInfo.GetAccessControl Method (AccessControlSections)

Gets a FileSecurity object that encapsulates the specified type of access control list (ACL) entries for the file described by the current FileInfo object.

Namespace:  System.IO
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public FileSecurity GetAccessControl(
	AccessControlSections includeSections


Type: System.Security.AccessControl.AccessControlSections
One of the AccessControlSections values that specifies which group of access control entries to retrieve.

Return Value

Type: System.Security.AccessControl.FileSecurity
A FileSecurity object that encapsulates the access control rules for the current file.


An I/O error occurred while opening the file.


The current operating system is not Microsoft Windows 2000 or later.


The current system account does not have administrative privileges.


The file could not be found.


This operation is not supported on the current platform.


The caller does not have the required permission.

Use the GetAccessControl method to retrieve the access control list (ACL) entries for the current file.

An ACL describes individuals and/or groups who have, or do not have, rights to specific actions on the given file. For more information, see ACL Technology Overview and How to: Add or Remove Access Control List Entries.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.