SeAssignSecurityEx function

The SeAssignSecurityEx routine builds a self-relative security descriptor for a new object given the following optional parameters: a security descriptor of the object's parent directory, an explicit security descriptor for the object, and the object type.

Syntax

NTKERNELAPI NTSTATUS SeAssignSecurityEx(
  PSECURITY_DESCRIPTOR      ParentDescriptor,
  PSECURITY_DESCRIPTOR      ExplicitDescriptor,
  PSECURITY_DESCRIPTOR      *NewDescriptor,
  GUID                      *ObjectType,
  BOOLEAN                   IsDirectoryObject,
  ULONG                     AutoInheritFlags,
  PSECURITY_SUBJECT_CONTEXT SubjectContext,
  PGENERIC_MAPPING          GenericMapping,
  POOL_TYPE                 PoolType
);

Parameters

ParentDescriptor

Pointer to the SECURITY_DESCRIPTOR of the parent object that contains the new object being created. ParentDescriptor can be NULL, or have a NULL system access control list (SACL) or a NULL discretionary access control list (DACL).

ExplicitDescriptor

Pointer to an explicit SECURITY_DESCRIPTOR that is applied to the new object. ExplicitDescriptor can be NULL, or have a NULL SACL or a NULL DACL.

NewDescriptor

Receives a pointer to the returned SECURITY_DESCRIPTOR. SeAssignSecurityEx allocates the buffer from the paged memory pool.

ObjectType

Pointer to a GUID for the type of object being created. If the object does not have a GUID, ObjectType must be set to NULL.

IsDirectoryObject

Specifies whether the new object is a directory object. If IsDirectoryObject is set to TRUE, the new object is a directory object, otherwise the new object is not a directory object.

AutoInheritFlags

Specifies the type of automatic inheritance that is applied to access control entries (ACE) in the access control lists (ACL) specified by ParentDescriptor. AutoInheritFlags also controls privilege checking, owner checking, and setting a default owner and group for NewDescriptor. AutoInheritFlags must be set to a logical OR of one or more of the following values:

Value Meaning
SEF_DACL_AUTO_INHERIT ACEs in the DACL of ParentDescriptor are inherited by NewDescriptor, in addition to explicit ACEs specified by ExplicitDescriptor.
SEF_SACL_AUTO_INHERIT ACEs in the SACL of ParentDescriptor are inherited by NewDescriptor, in addition to explicit ACEs specified by ExplicitDescriptor.
SEF_DEFAULT_DESCRIPTOR_FOR_OBJECT ExplicitDescriptor is the default descriptor for the object type specified by ObjectType. ExplicitDescriptor is not used if ACEs are inherited from ParentDescriptor.
SEF_AVOID_PRIVILEGE_CHECK Privilege checking is not done. This flag is useful with automatic inheritance because it avoids privilege checking on each child that needs to be updated.
SEF_AVOID_OWNER_CHECK Owner checking is not done.
SEF_DEFAULT_OWNER_FROM_PARENT If an owner is specified by ExplicitDescriptor, this flag is not used, and the owner of NewDescriptor is set to the owner specified by ExplictDescriptor. If an owner is not specified by ExplicitDescriptor, this flag is used in the following way: If the flag is set, the owner of NewDescriptor is set to the owner of ParentDescriptor. Otherwise, the owner of NewDescriptor is set to the owner specified by the SubjectContext.
SEF_DEFAULT_GROUP_FROM_PARENT If a group is specified by ExplicitDescriptor, this flag is not used, and the group of NewDescriptor is set to the group specified by ExplictDescriptor. If a group is not specified by ExplicitDescriptor, this flag is used in the following way: If the flag is set, the group of NewDescriptor is set to the group of ParentDescriptor. Otherwise, the group of NewDescriptor is set to the group specified by the SubjectContext.

The assignment of system and discretionary ACLs is described in the following table:

Nondefault explicit descriptor(1) Default explicit descriptor(2) NULL Explicit descriptor
ACL is inherited from parent descriptor(3). Assign both inherited and explicit ACLs(5)(6). Assign inherited ACL. Assign inherited ACL.
ACL is not inherited from parent descriptor(4). Assign nondefault ACL. Assign default ACL. Assign no ACL.

Assignment Notes

  1. The SEF_DEFAULT_DESCRIPTOR_FOR_OBJECT flag is not specified.
  2. The SEF_DEFAULT_DESCRIPTOR_FOR_OBJECT flag is specified.
  3. The auto inherit flag for an ACL is specified (SEF_DACL_AUTO_INHERIT or SEF_SACL_AUTO_INHERIT).
  4. The automatic inherit flag for an ACL is not specified.
  5. ACEs with the INHERITED_ACE bit set in their AceFlags member are not copied to the assigned security descriptor.
  6. ACEs that are inherited from the parent descriptor are appended after the ACEs specified by the explicit descriptor.

SubjectContext

Pointer to a security context of the subject that is creating the object. SubjectContext is used to retrieve default security information for the new object, including the default owner, the primary group, and discretionary access control.

GenericMapping

Pointer to an array of access mask values that specify the mapping between each generic rights to object-specific rights.

PoolType

This parameter is unused. The buffer to hold the new security descriptor is always allocated from paged pool.

Return Value

SeAssignSecurityEx returns one of the following values:

Return code Description
STATUS_SUCCESS
The assignment was successful.
STATUS_INVALID_OWNER
The SID provided as the owner of the new security descriptor is not a SID that the caller is authorized to assign as the owner of an object.
STATUS_PRIVILEGE_NOT_HELD
The caller does not have the privilege (SeSecurityPrivilege) necessary to explicitly assign the specified SACL.

Remarks

SeAssignSecurityEx extends the basic operation of SeAssignSecurity in the following ways:

  • ObjectType optionally specifies an object type. Object-specific inheritance is controlled by the following members of an object-specific ACE: Flags, InheritedObjectType, and Header.AceFlags.

  • AutoInheritFlags specifies the type of automatic inheritance of ACEs that is used. AutoInheritFlags also controls privilege checking, owner checking, and setting a default owner and group for NewDescriptor.

For more information about security and access control, see the documentation on these topics in the Microsoft Windows SDK.

Requirements

   
Windows version Available starting with Windows 2000.
Target Platform Universal
Header wdm.h (include Wdm.h, Ntddk.h, Ntifs.h)
Library NtosKrnl.lib
DLL NtosKrnl.exe
IRQL PASSIVE_LEVEL
DDI compliance rules HwStorPortProhibitedDDIs

See Also

GENERIC_MAPPING

SECURITY_DESCRIPTOR

SeAssignSecurity

SeDeassignSecurity