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FileSecurity Class

Note: This class is new in the .NET Framework version 2.0.

Represents the access control and audit security for a file. This class cannot be inherited.

Namespace: System.Security.AccessControl
Assembly: mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

'Declaration
Public NotInheritable Class FileSecurity
	Inherits FileSystemSecurity
'Usage
Dim instance As FileSecurity

public final class FileSecurity extends FileSystemSecurity
public final class FileSecurity extends FileSystemSecurity

The FileSecurity class specifies the access rights for a system file and how access attempts are audited. This class represents access and audit rights as a set of rules. Each access rule is represented by a FileSystemAccessRule object, while each audit rule is represented by a FileSystemAuditRule object.

The FileSecurity class is an abstraction of the underlying Microsoft Windows file security system. In this system, each file has a discretionary access control list (DACL), which controls access to the file, and a system access control list (SACL), which specifies the access control attempts that are audited. The FileSystemAccessRule and FileSystemAuditRule classes are abstractions of the access control entries (ACEs) that comprise DACLs and SACLs.

The FileSecurity class hides many of the details of DACLs and SACLs; you do not have to worry about ACE ordering or null DACLS.

Use the FileSecurity class to retrieve, add, or change the access rules that represent the DACL and SACL of a file.

To persist new or changed access or audit rules to a file, use the SetAccessControl or SetAccessControl method. To retrieve access or audit rules from an existing file, use the GetAccessControl or GetAccessControl method.

The following code example uses the FileSecurity class to add and then remove an access control list (ACL) entry from a file. You must supply a valid user or group account to run this example.

Imports System
Imports System.IO
Imports System.Security.AccessControl



Module FileExample

    Sub Main()
        Try
            Dim fileName As String = "test.xml"

            Console.WriteLine("Adding access control entry for " & fileName)

            ' Add the access control entry to the file.
            AddFileSecurity(fileName, "DomainName\AccountName", _
                FileSystemRights.ReadData, AccessControlType.Allow)

            Console.WriteLine("Removing access control entry from " & fileName)

            ' Remove the access control entry from the file.
            RemoveFileSecurity(fileName, "DomainName\AccountName", _
                FileSystemRights.ReadData, AccessControlType.Allow)

            Console.WriteLine("Done.")
        Catch e As Exception
            Console.WriteLine(e)
        End Try

    End Sub


    ' Adds an ACL entry on the specified file for the specified account.
    Sub AddFileSecurity(ByVal fileName As String, ByVal account As String, _
        ByVal rights As FileSystemRights, ByVal controlType As AccessControlType)
  
        ' Get a FileSecurity object that represents the 
        ' current security settings.
        Dim fSecurity As FileSecurity = File.GetAccessControl(fileName)

        ' Add the FileSystemAccessRule to the security settings. 
        Dim accessRule As FileSystemAccessRule = _
            New FileSystemAccessRule(account, rights, controlType)

        fSecurity.AddAccessRule(accessRule)

        ' Set the new access settings.
        File.SetAccessControl(fileName, fSecurity)

    End Sub


    ' Removes an ACL entry on the specified file for the specified account.
    Sub RemoveFileSecurity(ByVal fileName As String, ByVal account As String, _
        ByVal rights As FileSystemRights, ByVal controlType As AccessControlType)

        ' Get a FileSecurity object that represents the 
        ' current security settings.
        Dim fSecurity As FileSecurity = File.GetAccessControl(fileName)

        ' Add the FileSystemAccessRule to the security settings. 
        fSecurity.RemoveAccessRule(New FileSystemAccessRule(account, _
            rights, controlType))

        ' Set the new access settings.
        File.SetAccessControl(fileName, fSecurity)

    End Sub
End Module

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0
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