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Hi,

How do I retrieve ACCESS_MASK from a file, or a file handle?
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The ACCESS_MASK is just the format for the Access Control Entries (ACE).   http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa374896.aspx
The ACE is inside the Discretionaly Access Control List (ACL).   You'd typically use GetNamedSecurityInfo to get the DACL, then "walk the DACL" to get each ACE.   There is an example that sets the ACE at the following link.   It not exactly what you're looking for, but it's a pretty good example of the technique required:  http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa379283(VS.85).aspx
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Thanks graye,

I got to the point where I can get the pointer to PDACL. But that pointer only points to the ACL header, not a list of ACEs. How do I access list of ACEs from this point.

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I got it. Thanks
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I've got a VB.Net example handy...   (Sorry, I don't have C++ version, but it still might be helpful)

    Public Function GetFileACL(ByVal file As String) As ACE_Entry()
        Dim SD As System.IntPtr
        Dim SDSizeNeeded, SDSize As Integer
        Dim LastError As Integer
        Dim Dacl_Present, Dacl_Defaulted As Boolean
        Dim DACL, ACE, SID_ptr, SID_String_ptr As System.IntPtr
        Dim ACE_Header As ACE_HEADER
        Dim Access_ACE As ACCESS_ACE
        Dim ACL_size As ACL_SIZE_INFORMATION
        Dim ACL_Rev As ACL_REVISION_INFORMATION
        Dim entry As Integer
        Dim isFile As Boolean
        Dim Win32Error As Win32Exception
        Dim name_len, domain_len, dUse, num As Integer
        Dim name, domain_name, UserName, MachineName, StringSID As String
        Dim Ans(0) As ACE_Entry
 
        ' Do a quick sanity check?
        isFile = True
        If System.IO.File.Exists(file) = False Then
            If System.IO.Directory.Exists(file) = False Then
                Throw New ApplicationException("Error: file doesn't exist!")
            End If
            isFile = False
        End If
 
        ' get the Security Descriptor and DACL
        If GetNamedSecurityInfo(file, SE_FILE_OBJECT, DACL_SECURITY_INFORMATION, Nothing, Nothing, DACL, Nothing, SD) <> 0 Then
            LastError = Marshal.GetLastWin32Error()
            Win32Error = New Win32Exception(LastError)
            Throw New ApplicationException("Error: " & Win32Error.Message)
        End If
 
        ' quick sanity check...
        If IsValidSecurityDescriptor(SD) = False Then
            Throw New ApplicationException("Error: invalid SD")
        End If
 
        ' one last check...
        If IsValidAcl(DACL) = False Then
            Throw New ApplicationException("Error: invalid ACL")
        End If
 
        ' how many ACEs are in the DACL?
        GetAclInformation(DACL, ACL_size, Len(ACL_size), ACL_INFORMATION_CLASS.AclSizeInformation)
        ReDim Ans(ACL_size.AceCount - 1)
        Debug.WriteLine("AceCount=" & ACL_size.AceCount)
 
        GetAclInformation(DACL, ACL_Rev, Len(ACL_Rev), ACL_INFORMATION_CLASS.AclRevisionInformation)
        Debug.WriteLine("ACL_Rev=" & ACL_Rev.AclRevision)
 
        ' loop thru all of the ACE's in the DACL
        entry = 0
        Do While GetAce(DACL, entry, ACE) = True
            ' start by copying just the header
            ACE_Header = Marshal.PtrToStructure(ACE, GetType(ACE_HEADER))
 
            ' we're really only interested in type=0 (allow) and type=1 (deny)
            If ACE_Header.AceType = 0 Or ACE_Header.AceType = 1 Then
                ' now that we know it's type... we do the copy over again
                Access_ACE = Marshal.PtrToStructure(ACE, GetType(ACCESS_ACE))
 
                Debug.WriteLine("AceSize=" & ACE_Header.AceSize & ", AceType=" & ACE_Header.AceType & ", Mask=" & Access_ACE.Mask & ", AceFlags=" & Access_ACE.Header.AceFlags)
 
                ' translate SID to Account Name
                SID_ptr = New IntPtr(ACE.ToInt32 + 8)
                UserName = TranslateSidToName("", SID_ptr)
                Ans(entry).ACE_Name = Left(UserName, 50)
 
                ' Type of ACE
                If ACE_Header.AceType = 0 Then
                    Ans(entry).ACE_Type = "Allow"
                Else
                    Ans(entry).ACE_Type = "Deny"
                End If
 
                ' the permissions
                If isFile Then
                    Ans(entry).ACE_Permission = FileMaskToString(Access_ACE.Mask)
                Else
                    Ans(entry).ACE_Permission = DirectoryMaskToString(Access_ACE.Mask)
                End If
 
                ' Inheritance
                If Access_ACE.Header.AceFlags And AceFlags.INHERITED_ACE Then
                    Ans(entry).ACE_Inherited = True
                Else
                    Ans(entry).ACE_Inherited = False
                End If
 
                ' Scope (directories only)
                If isFile = False Then
                    Ans(entry).ACE_Scope = ACEFlagToString(Access_ACE.Header.AceFlags)
                End If
            End If
            entry = entry + 1
        Loop
 
        ' Free the memory we allocated.
        'Marshal.FreeHGlobal(SD)
 
        ' Exit the routine.
        If entry > 0 Then
            ReDim Preserve Ans(entry - 1)
        End If
        Return Ans
    End Function

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