System.Security.AccessControl.MutexAccessRule Class

Represents a set of access rights allowed or denied for a user or group. This class cannot be inherited.

See Also: MutexAccessRule Members


public sealed class MutexAccessRule : AccessRule


The System.Security.AccessControl.MutexAccessRule class is one of a set of classes that the .NET Framework provides for managing Windows access control security on named system mutexes. For an overview of these classes, and their relationship to the underlying Windows access control structures, see System.Security.AccessControl.MutexSecurity.


Windows access control security is meaningful only for named system mutexes. If a System.Threading.Mutex object represents a local mutex, access control is irrelevant.

To get a list of the rules currently applied to a named mutex, use the System.Threading.Mutex.GetAccessControl method to get a System.Security.AccessControl.MutexSecurity object, and then use its CommonObjectSecurity.GetAccessRules(bool, bool, Type) method to obtain a collection of System.Security.AccessControl.MutexAccessRule objects.

System.Security.AccessControl.MutexAccessRule objects do not map one-to-one with access control entries in the underlying discretionary access control list (DACL). When you get the set of all access rules for a mutex, the set contains the minimum number of rules currently required to express all the access control entries.


The underlying access control entries change as you apply and remove rules. The information in rules is merged if possible, to maintain the smallest number of access control entries. Thus, when you read the current list of rules, it might not look exactly like the list of all the rules you have added.

Use System.Security.AccessControl.MutexAccessRule objects to specify access rights to allow or deny to a user or group. A System.Security.AccessControl.MutexAccessRule object always represents either allowed access or denied access, never both.

To apply a rule to a named system mutex, use the System.Threading.Mutex.GetAccessControl method to get the System.Security.AccessControl.MutexSecurity object. Modify the System.Security.AccessControl.MutexSecurity object by using its methods to add the rule, and then use the System.Threading.Mutex.SetAccessControl(MutexSecurity) method to reattach the security object.


Changes you make to a System.Security.AccessControl.MutexSecurity object do not affect the access levels of the named mutex until you call the System.Threading.Mutex.SetAccessControl(MutexSecurity) method to assign the altered security object to the named mutex.

System.Security.AccessControl.MutexAccessRule objects are immutable. Security for a mutex is modified using the methods of the System.Security.AccessControl.MutexSecurity class to add or remove rules; as you do this, the underlying access control entries are modified.


Security on synchronization objects is not supported for Windows 98 or Windows Millennium Edition.


Namespace: System.Security.AccessControl
Assembly: mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)
Assembly Versions:,
Since: .NET 2.0