UNC Path and Permissions

Posted on 2009-07-15
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Last Modified: 2013-12-04
I wanted to try and get clarification on how UNC paths function. My understanding that when typing a UNC path, for instance to access a server running server 2003 I would use \\server01\share\foldera\folderb that each folder or hop required that you had permissions to move to the next level below.

However recently I ran into a case where a user did not have any rights to foldera but was able to access folderb if the full UNC path was entered. It seems that UNC acts in the same way a share would to bypass folders at higher levels that the user does not have access to. I didn't find any good information online so any help you can provide would be great.
Question by:jhsit
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That's not only via UNC, that's the normal behavior. This "behavior" is actually a user right, "Bypass traverse checking". This user right is by default given to the Everyone group.
"Access Denied" Error Message When Users Try to Access Shared Folders
Bypass traverse checking
Permissions for files and folders

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Great info, thanks!


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