NTFS Special Permissions

With NTFS permissions, you can assign special permissions to users or groups. Special permissions provide more of a customized unique level of permissions for your files and folders. Here are the NTFS special permissions.

Traverse Folder/Execute File

  • For folders, enables the object to navigate through the folder structure below the folder where the permission is applied.
  • For files, enables the object to execute an application program stored in the folder.

List Folder/Read Data

  • For folders, enables the object to see the names of files and subfolders stored in the folder where the permission is applied.
  • For folders, enables the object to view the contents of files stored in the folder.

Read Attributes

  • Enables the object to view the attributes of a file or folder.

Read Extended Attributes

  • Enables the object to view the extended attributes of a file or folder.
  • Extended attributes are generally defined by an application and vary from program to program.

Create Files/Write Data

  • For folders, enables the object to create new files within the folder.
  • For files, enables the object to change or replace the contents of an existing file.

Create Folders/Append Data

  • For folders, enables the object to create new subfolders within the folder.
  • For files, enables the object to add data to the end of an existing file without otherwise altering the content of the file, including deleting the file.

Write Attributes

  • Enables the object to change the attributes on an existing file or subfolder within the folder.

Write Extended Attributes

  • Enables the object to change the extended attributes on an existing file or subfolder within the folder.
  • Extended attributes are generally defined by an application and will vary from program to program.

Delete Subfolders and Files

  • Enables the object to delete a file or subfolder, even if the Delete permission has not been granted to the object.

Delete

  • Enables the object to delete a file or folder.
  • An object can still delete a file or folder without this permission set if the object has been granted the Delete Subfolders and Files permission.

Read Permissions

  • Enables the object to view the security permissions set on files and subfolders within the folder.

Change Permissions

  • Enables the object to change security permissions on files and subfolders within the folder.

Take Ownership

  • Enables the object to change the owner of a file or folder to the object’s user ownership.

Full Control

  • Enables the object to perform all Special Permissions.

 

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