I have an internet site using MOSS 2007/win 2008/SQL 2005. Users are authenticated using forms authentication.

All authenticated users are able to browse pages like: /Style%20Library/Forms/AllItems.aspx or _layouts/viewlsts.apsx

They can view XSL files and even download a copy of it.

How can I restrict users from accessing these pages without affecting their browsing experience?

Note: I have activated the ViewFormPagesLockdown feature and made sure anonymous users are not able to access these pages.

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As you say ViewFormPagesLockdown affects anonymous users only. What the feature really does is remove ViewFormPages right from Limited Access role:

SPRoleDefinition guest = mySite.RootWeb.RoleDefinitions.GetByType(SPRoleType.Guest);
guest.BasePermissions &= ~(SPBasePermissions.EmptyMask | SPBasePermissions.ViewFormPages);
guest.BasePermissions &= ~SPBasePermissions.UseRemoteAPIs;

You could use the same code to remove these permissions for the role types you dont want this access to.

  • you mean i need to create an EXE for example that does this action and run it against the sites that need to be secured? Mar 1, 2010 at 11:44
  • i would probably go for a call-out (feature receiver) that modified the role. This gives you both better provisioning and the possibility to reset the rights on feature deactivation: guest.BasePermissions |= SPBasePermissions.EmptyMask | SPBasePermissions.ViewFormPages; guest.BasePermissions |= SPBasePermissions.UseRemoteAPIs; what you will need to determine first though is what SPRoleType you want to revoke these permissions from... Mar 1, 2010 at 13:10

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