ReflectionPermissionFlag Enum


Specifies the permitted use of the System.Reflection and System.Reflection.Emit namespaces.

This enumeration has a FlagsAttribute attribute that allows a bitwise combination of its member values.

public enum class ReflectionPermissionFlag
public enum ReflectionPermissionFlag
type ReflectionPermissionFlag = 
Public Enum ReflectionPermissionFlag


AllFlags 7

TypeInformation , MemberAccess, and ReflectionEmit are set. AllFlags does not include RestrictedMemberAccess.

MemberAccess 2

Invocation operations on all members are allowed, regardless of grant set. If this flag is not set, invocation operations are allowed only on visible members.

NoFlags 0

Enumeration of types and members is allowed. Invocation operations are allowed on visible types and members.

ReflectionEmit 4

Emitting debug symbols is allowed. Beginning with the .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 1, this flag is no longer required to emit code.

RestrictedMemberAccess 8

Restricted member access is provided for partially trusted code. Partially trusted code can access nonpublic types and members, but only if the grant set of the partially trusted code includes all permissions in the grant set of the assembly that contains the nonpublic types and members being accessed. This flag is new in the .NET Framework 2.0 SP1.

TypeInformation 1

This flag is obsolete. No flags are necessary to enumerate types and members and to examine their metadata. Use NoFlags instead.


The following example shows how to use the ReflectionPermissionFlag enumeration to initialize a new instance of the ReflectionPermission class that represents the right to perform restricted member access. This example is part of a larger example that is provided for the ReflectionPermission class.

For an example that shows how to use the RestrictedMemberAccess flag with Internet code, see Walkthrough: Emitting Code in Partial Trust Scenarios.

ReflectionPermission restrictedMemberAccessPerm = new ReflectionPermission(ReflectionPermissionFlag.RestrictedMemberAccess);
Dim restrictedMemberAccessPerm As New ReflectionPermission(ReflectionPermissionFlag.RestrictedMemberAccess)


This enumeration is used by the ReflectionPermission and ReflectionPermissionAttribute classes. If no ReflectionPermission is granted, reflection is allowed on all types and members, but invocation operations are allowed only on visible types and members. For more information, see Security Considerations for Reflection.


Because ReflectionPermission can provide access to private class members, we recommend that you grant ReflectionPermission to Internet code only with the RestrictedMemberAccess flag, and not with any other flags.

The RestrictedMemberAccess flag is introduced in the .NET Framework 2.0 SP1. To use this flag, your application should target the .NET Framework 3.5 or later.


AllFlags does not include the RestrictedMemberAccess flag. To get a mask that includes all flags in this enumeration, you must use the combination of AllFlags with RestrictedMemberAccess.

Starting with the .NET Framework 2.0 SP1, the ReflectionEmit flag is no longer required to emit code, unless debug symbols are emitted. To use this feature, your application should target the .NET Framework 3.5 or later.

Starting with the .NET Framework 2.0, the TypeInformation flag is no longer required to reflect on nonpublic types and members; the flag has been marked obsolete.

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