Odd permissions issue

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25 Oct, 2011 05:19 PM

Recently, we've had a very strange permissions issue on our system. For some reason, many sets of permissions have been "moved", for lack of a better word. People who previously had permissions on folders would lose that permission, and other users who previously did not have permissions on those folders would have them. This appears to be system wide. Do you have any idea how this would be possible?

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Tim on 25 Oct, 2011 05:32 PM

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    This behavior is typically caused by someone changing the Access rights on a parent Folder somewhere and checking the option to Apply to Children. When this happens, the Access rights set at that parent Folder are set for all of the Folder's child assets as well (thus overwriting any Access rights that may have been there to begin with).

    There is a related idea on our Idea Exchange here. Be sure to read over the comments and vote it up!

    Let me know if this helps to explain.


  2. 2 Posted by webadmin on 25 Oct, 2011 05:48 PM

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    Yes, but doesn't the permission remain on the parent folder? I was finding new users appearing inside child folders.

  3. 3 Posted by Ryan Griffith on 21 Jun, 2012 05:35 PM

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    I was going through some older discussions and noticed this one was still open. Were you able to figure out what caused the permission change? Was it a change at the parent level that was applied to the child assets?

    Please let us know if you have any questions.


  4. 4 Posted by webadmin on 21 Jun, 2012 06:02 PM

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    No, I never did figure it out. Like I said earlier, I know that if you put permissions on a parent folder, you don't see that same user within each folder. But in our situation, every folder (or at least a large proportion of them) had different users on each child folder. The only way I've been able to do something similar is by going through each folder and changing the permissions there.

  5. 5 Posted by Ryan Griffith on 21 Jun, 2012 06:07 PM

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    That is very strange, sorry to hear about this.

    Due to the age of this discussion and because we are not able to find a way to replicate this issue, I'm going to go ahead and close this discussion. Please let us know if you encounter this behavior in the future and we would be glad to look into it.


  6. Ryan Griffith closed this discussion on 21 Jun, 2012 06:07 PM.

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