I must solve this problem:

I have a list in which there are stored some SPListItem. On this list a group(AllReplyers) has the "Contribute" privilege, so that everybody can add file. When a user add an element, i want this element to be modifiable only by him, and readable by the others..

I think a good way to do that is to "break" the item privileges, lower to reader the AllReplyer and add the single user to "contribute".. How can i do this programmatically??

Thank you very much!!

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You can do this like this:

public static void AssignPermissionsToItem(SPListItem item, SPPrincipal obj, SPRoleType roleType)
    if (!item.HasUniqueRoleAssignments)
        item.BreakRoleInheritance(false, true);

    SPRoleAssignment roleAssignment = new SPRoleAssignment(obj);
    SPRoleDefinition roleDefinition = item.Web.RoleDefinitions.GetByType(roleType);


SPPrincipal is a SPUser or SPGroup. About SPRoleType you can read here.

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    To make this method more generic and reusable, pass in a SPSecurableObject instead of SPListItem. This way you can use it to secure SPLists and SPWebs too. Might have to pass in a separate SPWeb to get hold of the SPRoleDefinition though, or you can test the type of the SecurableObject and get it from there after doing a cast to the right type msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/… Commented Feb 2, 2012 at 14:20

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