NTFS Permissions

by Wayne Maples [Published on 20 April 2004 / Last Updated on 20 April 2004]

When you check the permissions on an NTFS folder, you see a double set of permissions. The first set in parentheses refers to the directory itself and the second set of parentheses refer to the contents of the directory ( but not to contents in any subdirectories).

Permission Directory Directory Contents
List (RX)
Read and traverse directory
(not specified)
Read (RX)
Read and traverse directory
(RX)
View data files and run applications in directory
Add (WX)
Traverse directory, add files and subdirectories to directory
(not specified) cannot read or change contents
Add & Read (RWX)
Read and traverse directory, add files and subdirectories to directory
(RX)
View data files and run applications in directory
Change (RWXD)
Add, read, execute, modify, and delete directory
(RWXD)
Add, read, execute, modify, and delete directory contents
Full Control (RWXDPO)
Take ownership, change permissions, add, read, execute, modify, and delete directory
(RWXDPO)
Take ownership, change permissions, add, read, execute, modify, and delete directory contents
No Access ()
No access to directory
()
No access to directory contents

There is also Special Directory Access and Special File Access. Special Access allows you pick which combination of Read, Write, Execute, Delete, Change Permission and Take Ownership

NTFS permissions for files include Read, Change, Full Control, Special Access and No Access. Special access for files includes read, write, execute, delete, change permission and take ownership.

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