I ultimately want to grant users edit permission only on the items they created.

According to this article:


I can do that by assigning ReadSecurity and WriteSecurity certain values. It works - the problem is, my document library has sub folders - and they are all hidden when assigning the relevant values (2) for both fields.

This then pushes me in the direction of breaking role inheritance and assigning permissions to each specific document on upload. Although this is achievable since I'm using a custom document upload control, I preferably want to avoid it as I appreciate it will, or at least can, have repercussions with regards to performance and potentially unnecessary complexities of the way the whole permissions is structured.

My question - is there a way around the problem I mentioned with the first approach? Or should I just opt for the 2nd? Bearing in mind there will be many documents uploaded to this system, all of which will be searched.

  • Hi DeeMac, I do not realy get the problem you try to explain. Having subfolders should not change the functionality of Write & ReadSecurity, no? Could you maybe explain abit more what kind of problem you are facing. Why would you want to go for item level permissions? Commented Nov 16, 2012 at 10:18
  • Thanks for your response. I'm assuming the folders are hidden from the user once I've applied these security settings as the folders were not created by them? Commented Nov 16, 2012 at 10:44
  • But isn't that what you want. Or is it that you want the users to be able to upload documents to these folders which haven't been created by them. Commented Nov 16, 2012 at 11:08
  • Basically, users (without full permissions already assigned to the document library list) should be able to only edit the documents they uploaded. All other documents, however, should be viewable regardless of whether they uploaded them or not. Commented Nov 16, 2012 at 11:25
  • Then I guess ReadSecurity = 1 and WriteSecurity = 2 should work?? Commented Nov 16, 2012 at 11:38

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This is why you shouldn't use Folders in SharePoint, change your folder structure to a MetaData tree and you won't have this issue.

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    +1 I agree with Hugh. Plus, the ReadSecurity/WriteSecurity is bypassed with "Open with Explorer" so that's not a truly secure option.
    – Mike
    Commented Jan 19, 2015 at 17:50

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