RegistrySecurity.RemoveAccessRule(RegistryAccessRule) RegistrySecurity.RemoveAccessRule(RegistryAccessRule) RegistrySecurity.RemoveAccessRule(RegistryAccessRule) Method

Definition

Searches for an access control rule with the same user and AccessControlType (allow or deny) as the specified access rule, and with compatible inheritance and propagation flags; if such a rule is found, the rights contained in the specified access rule are removed from it.

public:
 bool RemoveAccessRule(System::Security::AccessControl::RegistryAccessRule ^ rule);
public bool RemoveAccessRule (System.Security.AccessControl.RegistryAccessRule rule);
Public Function RemoveAccessRule (rule As RegistryAccessRule) As Boolean
Parameters
rule
RegistryAccessRule RegistryAccessRule RegistryAccessRule

A RegistryAccessRule that specifies the user and AccessControlType to search for, and a set of inheritance and propagation flags that a matching rule, if found, must be compatible with. Specifies the rights to remove from the compatible rule, if found.

Returns

true if a compatible rule is found; otherwise false.

Exceptions

Examples

The following code example shows how the RemoveAccessRule method removes rights from a compatible rule, and how the AddAccessRule method merges rights with compatible rules.

The example creates a RegistrySecurity object and adds a rule that allows the current user RegistryRights.ReadKey rights. The example then creates a rule that grants the user RegistryRights.SetValue, with the same inheritance and propagation rights as the first rule, and uses the RemoveAccessRule method to remove this new rule from the RegistrySecurity object. SetValue is a constituent of ReadKey, so it is removed from the compatible rule. The rules in the RegistrySecurity object are displayed, showing the remaining constituents of ReadKey.

The example code then calls the RemoveAccessRule method to merge the SetValue right back into the rule in the RegistrySecurity object.

Note

This example does not attach the security object to a RegistryKey object. The second example in this section attaches a security object, and so do the examples in RegistryKey.GetAccessControlRegistryKey.SetAccessControl.


using System;
using System.Security.AccessControl;
using System.Security.Principal;
using System.Security;
using Microsoft.Win32;

public class Example
{

    public static void Main()
    {

        string user = Environment.UserDomainName + "\\"
            + Environment.UserName;

        // Create a security object that grants no access.
        RegistrySecurity mSec = new RegistrySecurity();

        // Add a rule that grants the current user ReadKey
        // rights. ReadKey is a combination of four other 
        // rights. The rule is inherited by all 
        // contained subkeys.
        RegistryAccessRule rule = new RegistryAccessRule(user, 
            RegistryRights.ReadKey, 
            InheritanceFlags.ContainerInherit, 
            PropagationFlags.None, 
            AccessControlType.Allow);
        mSec.AddAccessRule(rule);

        // Create a rule that allows the current user only the 
        // right to query the key/value pairs of a key, using  
        // the same inheritance and propagation flags as the
        // first rule. QueryValues is a constituent of 
        // ReadKey, so when this rule is removed, using the 
        // RemoveAccessRule method, ReadKey is broken into
        // its constituent parts.
        rule = new RegistryAccessRule(user, 
            RegistryRights.QueryValues, 
            InheritanceFlags.ContainerInherit, 
            PropagationFlags.None, 
            AccessControlType.Allow);
        mSec.RemoveAccessRule(rule);

        // Display the rules in the security object.
        ShowSecurity(mSec);

        // Add the second rule back. It merges with the 
        // existing rule, so that the rule is now displayed
        // as ReadKey.
        mSec.AddAccessRule(rule);

        // Display the rules in the security object.
        ShowSecurity(mSec);
    }

    private static void ShowSecurity(RegistrySecurity security)
    {
        Console.WriteLine("\r\nCurrent access rules:\r\n");

        foreach( RegistryAccessRule ar in security.GetAccessRules(true, true, typeof(NTAccount)) )
        {
            Console.WriteLine("        User: {0}", ar.IdentityReference);
            Console.WriteLine("        Type: {0}", ar.AccessControlType);
            Console.WriteLine("      Rights: {0}", ar.RegistryRights);
            Console.WriteLine(" Inheritance: {0}", ar.InheritanceFlags);
            Console.WriteLine(" Propagation: {0}", ar.PropagationFlags);
            Console.WriteLine("   Inherited? {0}", ar.IsInherited);
            Console.WriteLine();
        }
    }
}

/* This code example produces output similar to following:

Current access rules:

        User: TestDomain\TestUser
        Type: Allow
      Rights: EnumerateSubKeys, Notify, ReadPermissions
 Inheritance: ContainerInherit
 Propagation: None
   Inherited? False


Current access rules:

        User: TestDomain\TestUser
        Type: Allow
      Rights: ReadKey
 Inheritance: ContainerInherit
 Propagation: None
   Inherited? False
 */
Option Explicit
Imports System
Imports System.Security.AccessControl
Imports System.Security.Principal
Imports System.Security
Imports Microsoft.Win32

Public Class Example

    Public Shared Sub Main()

        Dim user As String = Environment.UserDomainName _ 
            & "\" & Environment.UserName

        ' Create a security object that grants no access.
        Dim mSec As New RegistrySecurity()

        ' Add a rule that grants the current user ReadKey
        ' rights. ReadKey is a combination of four other 
        ' rights. The rule is inherited by all 
        ' contained subkeys.
        Dim rule As New RegistryAccessRule(user, _
            RegistryRights.ReadKey, _
            InheritanceFlags.ContainerInherit, _
            PropagationFlags.None, _
            AccessControlType.Allow)
        mSec.AddAccessRule(rule)

        ' Create a rule that allows the current user only the 
        ' right to query the key/value pairs of a key, using  
        ' the same inheritance and propagation flags as the
        ' first rule. QueryValues is a constituent of 
        ' ReadKey, so when this rule is removed, using the 
        ' RemoveAccessRule method, ReadKey is broken into
        ' its constituent parts.
        rule = New RegistryAccessRule(user, _
            RegistryRights.QueryValues, _
            InheritanceFlags.ContainerInherit, _
            PropagationFlags.None, _
            AccessControlType.Allow)
        mSec.RemoveAccessRule(rule)

        ' Display the rules in the security object.
        ShowSecurity(mSec)

        ' Add the second rule back. It merges with the 
        ' existing rule, so that the rule is now displayed
        ' as ReadKey.
        mSec.AddAccessRule(rule)

        ' Display the rules in the security object.
        ShowSecurity(mSec)

    End Sub 

    Private Shared Sub ShowSecurity(ByVal security As RegistrySecurity)
        Console.WriteLine(vbCrLf & "Current access rules:" & vbCrLf)

        For Each ar As RegistryAccessRule In _
            security.GetAccessRules(True, True, GetType(NTAccount))

            Console.WriteLine("        User: {0}", ar.IdentityReference)
            Console.WriteLine("        Type: {0}", ar.AccessControlType)
            Console.WriteLine("      Rights: {0}", ar.RegistryRights)
            Console.WriteLine(" Inheritance: {0}", ar.InheritanceFlags)
            Console.WriteLine(" Propagation: {0}", ar.PropagationFlags)
            Console.WriteLine("   Inherited? {0}", ar.IsInherited)
            Console.WriteLine()
        Next

    End Sub
End Class 

'This code example produces output similar to following:
'
'Current access rules:
'
'        User: TestDomain\TestUser
'        Type: Allow
'      Rights: EnumerateSubKeys, Notify, ReadPermissions
' Inheritance: ContainerInherit
' Propagation: None
'   Inherited? False
'
'
'Current access rules:
'
'        User: TestDomain\TestUser
'        Type: Allow
'      Rights: ReadKey
' Inheritance: ContainerInherit
' Propagation: None
'   Inherited? False
'

Remarks

The current RegistrySecurity is searched for a rule that has the same user and the same AccessControlType value as rule. If no such rule is found, no action is taken, and the method returns false. If matching rules are found, their inheritance and compatibility flags are checked for compatibility with the flags specified in rule. If no compatible rule is found, no action is taken, and the method returns false. If a rule with compatible flags is found, the rights specified in rule are removed from the compatible rule, and the method returns true. If rule specifies rights not contained in the compatible rule, no action is taken with respect to those rights. If all rights are removed from the compatible rule, the entire rule is removed from the current RegistrySecurity object.

Applies to