RegistrySecurity.RemoveAccessRuleAll(RegistryAccessRule) Method

Definition

Searches for all access control rules with the same user and AccessControlType (allow or deny) as the specified rule and, if found, removes them.

public void RemoveAccessRuleAll (System.Security.AccessControl.RegistryAccessRule rule);
Parameters
rule
RegistryAccessRule

A RegistryAccessRule that specifies the user and AccessControlType to search for. Any rights, inheritance flags, or propagation flags specified by this rule are ignored.

Exceptions

rule is null.

Examples

The following code example shows that the RemoveAccessRuleAll method removes all rules that match user and AccessControlType, ignoring rights and flags.

The example creates a RegistrySecurity object and adds rules that allow and deny various rights for the current user, with different inheritance and propagation flags. The example then creates a new rule that allows the current user to take ownership, and passes that rule to the RemoveAccessRuleAll method to remove the two rules that allow access.

Note

This example does not attach the security object to a RegistryKey object. See the RegistryKey.GetAccessControl method and the RegistryKey.SetAccessControl method.


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 the right
        // to read and enumerate the name/value pairs in a key, 
        // to read its access and audit rules, to enumerate
        // its subkeys, to create subkeys, and to delete the key. 
        // The rule is inherited by all contained subkeys.
        //
        RegistryAccessRule rule = new RegistryAccessRule(user, 
            RegistryRights.ReadKey | RegistryRights.WriteKey
                | RegistryRights.Delete, 
            InheritanceFlags.ContainerInherit, 
            PropagationFlags.None, 
            AccessControlType.Allow);
        mSec.AddAccessRule(rule);

        // Add a rule that allows the current user the right
        // right to set the name/value pairs in a key. 
        // This rule is inherited by contained subkeys, but
        // propagation flags limit it to immediate child 
        // subkeys.
        rule = new RegistryAccessRule(user, 
            RegistryRights.ChangePermissions,
            InheritanceFlags.ContainerInherit,
            PropagationFlags.InheritOnly | PropagationFlags.NoPropagateInherit, 
            AccessControlType.Allow);
        mSec.AddAccessRule(rule);

        // Add a rule that denies the current user the right
        // to set the name/value pairs in a key. This rule
        // has no inheritance or propagation flags, so it 
        // affects only the key itself.
        rule = new RegistryAccessRule(user,
            RegistryRights.SetValue,
            AccessControlType.Deny);
        mSec.AddAccessRule(rule);

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

        // Create a rule that allows the current user the 
        // right to change the ownership of the key, with
        // no inheritance or propagation flags. The rights
        // and flags are ignored by RemoveAccessRuleAll,
        // and all rules that allow access for the current
        // user are removed.
        rule = new RegistryAccessRule(user, 
            RegistryRights.TakeOwnership, 
            AccessControlType.Allow);
        mSec.RemoveAccessRuleAll(rule);

        // Show that all rules that allow access have been 
        // removed.
        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: Deny
      Rights: SetValue
 Inheritance: None
 Propagation: None
   Inherited? False

        User: TestDomain\TestUser
        Type: Allow
      Rights: SetValue, CreateSubKey, Delete, ReadKey
 Inheritance: ContainerInherit
 Propagation: None
   Inherited? False

        User: TestDomain\TestUser
        Type: Allow
      Rights: ChangePermissions
 Inheritance: ContainerInherit
 Propagation: NoPropagateInherit, InheritOnly
   Inherited? False


Current access rules:

        User: TestDomain\TestUser
        Type: Deny
      Rights: SetValue
 Inheritance: None
 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 the right
        ' to read and enumerate the name/value pairs in a key, 
        ' to read its access and audit rules, to enumerate
        ' its subkeys, to create subkeys, and to delete the key. 
        ' The rule is inherited by all contained subkeys.
        '
        Dim rule As New RegistryAccessRule(user, _
            RegistryRights.ReadKey Or RegistryRights.WriteKey _
                Or RegistryRights.Delete, _
            InheritanceFlags.ContainerInherit, _
            PropagationFlags.None, _
            AccessControlType.Allow)
        mSec.AddAccessRule(rule)

        ' Add a rule that allows the current user the right
        ' right to set the name/value pairs in a key. 
        ' This rule is inherited by contained subkeys, but
        ' propagation flags limit it to immediate child 
        ' subkeys.
        rule = New RegistryAccessRule(user, _
            RegistryRights.ChangePermissions, _
            InheritanceFlags.ContainerInherit, _
            PropagationFlags.InheritOnly Or PropagationFlags.NoPropagateInherit, _
            AccessControlType.Allow)
        mSec.AddAccessRule(rule)

        ' Add a rule that denies the current user the right
        ' to set the name/value pairs in a key. This rule
        ' has no inheritance or propagation flags, so it 
        ' affects only the key itself.
        rule = New RegistryAccessRule(user, _
            RegistryRights.SetValue, _
            AccessControlType.Deny)
        mSec.AddAccessRule(rule)

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

        ' Create a rule that allows the current user the 
        ' right to change the ownership of the key, with
        ' no inheritance or propagation flags. The rights
        ' and flags are ignored by RemoveAccessRuleAll,
        ' and all rules that allow access for the current
        ' user are removed.
        rule = New RegistryAccessRule(user, _
            RegistryRights.TakeOwnership, _
            AccessControlType.Allow)
        mSec.RemoveAccessRuleAll(rule)

        ' Show that all rules that allow access have been 
        ' removed.
        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: Deny
'      Rights: SetValue
' Inheritance: None
' Propagation: None
'   Inherited? False
'
'        User: TestDomain\TestUser
'        Type: Allow
'      Rights: SetValue, CreateSubKey, Delete, ReadKey
' Inheritance: ContainerInherit
' Propagation: None
'   Inherited? False
'
'        User: TestDomain\TestUser
'        Type: Allow
'      Rights: ChangePermissions
' Inheritance: ContainerInherit
' Propagation: NoPropagateInherit, InheritOnly
'   Inherited? False
'
'
'Current access rules:
'
'        User: TestDomain\TestUser
'        Type: Deny
'      Rights: SetValue
' Inheritance: None
' Propagation: None
'   Inherited? False
'

Remarks

The current RegistrySecurity is searched for rules that have the same user and the same AccessControlType value as rule. Any rights, inheritance flags, or propagation flags specified by rule are ignored when performing this search. If no matching rules are found, no action is taken.

For example, if a user has multiple rules that allow various rights with different inheritance and propagation flags, you can remove all those rules by creating a RegistryAccessRule object that specifies the user and AccessControlType.Allow, with any arbitrary rights and flags, and passing that rule to the RemoveAccessRuleAll method.

Applies to