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Sharepoint Read permissions but no site access?!!

Hitting out Sharepoint site are all NT AUTHORITY\Authenticated Users. Given the default set of Read permissions, they are denied access. However, if i add to the set of permissions associated with "Read", namely the permission to Edit Items, not only can they access the entire site, they also see a "Site Actions" tab with the option to Edit Page. So...they either have too little/no access, or too much/they can add/edit pages. What's happening? Where's the middle ground?!
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Have you open Read permission level and check what rights are checked?

You can find the list through site settings -> settings -> permissions level and click on Read.

Or, perhaps you use View Only permission level?

MMarlin7Author Commented:
NT Authority\Authenticated Users don't have View Only, they have Read.
Read is made of these permissions: In List Perms: View Items,Open Items,Veiw Versions, Create Alerts, Veiw Application Pages. In Site Perms: Apply Style sheets,User Self-Service Site Creation, View Pages, Browse User Information, Use Remote Interfaces, Use Client Integration Features,Open.
With this set of perms they get 'Access Denied' hitting the homepage. If i add the List Permission of "Edit Items", not only can they access but they can also Edit Page under Site Actions, which is way too much privilege for people we don't even know.
MMarlin7Author Commented:
Is it relevant that the sharepoint site runs sql report integration? Why would that affect the whole site? I ask because one user in a different group, who is right to have Contribute perms, and recieved "rsAccessDenied".
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MMarlin7Author Commented:
Anyone willing to take a stab at this?
Hi, MMarlin7
Have you solved this problem. I got exactly the same problem as yours.
MMarlin7Author Commented:
No i haven't found a solution, only to give Design perms to everyone, and now everyone can enhance, or mess up, the configuration of webparts throughout the site. Having just Read access means they can't even see it. Go figure, i'm not kidding. I will close this question.
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