IsSubsetOf Method
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CodeAccessPermission.IsSubsetOf Method

When implemented by a derived class, determines whether the current permission is a subset of the specified permission.

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

Public MustOverride Function IsSubsetOf ( _
	target As IPermission _
) As Boolean
Dim instance As CodeAccessPermission
Dim target As IPermission
Dim returnValue As Boolean

returnValue = instance.IsSubsetOf(target)
public abstract boolean IsSubsetOf (
	IPermission target
public abstract function IsSubsetOf (
	target : IPermission
) : boolean



A permission that is to be tested for the subset relationship. This permission must be of the same type as the current permission.

Return Value

true if the current permission is a subset of the specified permission; otherwise, false.

Exception typeCondition


The target parameter is not a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic) and is not of the same type as the current permission.

The current permission is a subset of the specified permission if the current permission specifies a set of operations that is wholly contained by the specified permission. For example, a permission that represents access to C:\example.txt is a subset of a permission that represents access to C:\. If this method returns true, the current permission represents no more access to the protected resource than does the specified permission.

The following statements are required to be true for all overrides of the IsSubsetOf method. X, Y, and Z represent custom code access permission objects that are not null references, U represents an unrestricted code access permission, and N represents an empty permission with a PermissionState of None.

  • X.IsSubsetOf(X) returns true.

  • X.IsSubsetOf(Y) returns the same value as Y.IsSubsetOf(X) if and only if X and Y represent the same set of permissions.

  • If X.IsSubsetOf(Y) and Y.IsSubsetOf(Z) both return true, X.IsSubsetOf(Z) returns true.

  • X.IsSubsetOf(U) returns true.

  • X.IsSubsetOf(N) returns true.

  • N.IsSubsetOf(X) returns true.

If X and Y represent custom code access permission objects that are null references, X.IsSubsetOf(Y) returns true. If Z is also null, the compound set operation X.Union(Y).IsSubsetOf(Z) also returns true because the union of two null permissions is a null permission.

Notes to Inheritors You must override this method in a derived class.

The following code example shows an override of the IsSubsetOf method. This code example is part of a larger example provided for the CodeAccessPermission class.

        Public Overrides Function IsSubsetOf(ByVal target As IPermission) As Boolean

#If (Debug) Then

            Console.WriteLine("************* Entering IsSubsetOf *********************")
#End If
            If target Is Nothing Then
                Console.WriteLine("IsSubsetOf: target == null")
                Return False
            End If
#If (Debug) Then
            Console.WriteLine(("This is = " + CType(Me, NameIdPermission).Name))
            Console.WriteLine(("Target is " + CType(target, NameIdPermission).m_name))
#End If
                Dim operand As NameIdPermission = CType(target, NameIdPermission)

                ' The following check for unrestricted permission is only included as an example for
                ' permissions that allow the unrestricted state. It is of no value for this permission.
                If True = operand.m_Unrestricted Then
                    Return True
                ElseIf True = Me.m_Unrestricted Then
                    Return False
                End If

                If Not (Me.m_name Is Nothing) Then
                    If operand.m_name Is Nothing Then
                        Return False
                    End If
                    If Me.m_name = "" Then
                        Return True
                    End If
                End If
                If Me.m_name.Equals(operand.m_name) Then
                    Return True
                    ' Check for wild card character '*'.
                    Dim i As Integer = operand.m_name.LastIndexOf("*")

                    If i > 0 Then
                        Dim prefix As String = operand.m_name.Substring(0, i)

                        If Me.m_name.StartsWith(prefix) Then
                            Return True
                        End If
                    End If
                End If

                Return False
                Throw New ArgumentException(String.Format("Argument_WrongType", Me.GetType().FullName))
            End Try
        End Function 'IsSubsetOf

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Supported in: 2.0, 1.1, 1.0
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