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September 10, 2008

Default Permissions Level in MOSS

by @ 8:49 am. Filed under Security/Firewalls, SharePoint, Tips & Tricks

When working with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 it helps to know what the default permissions are and what exactly they include. There are six different permissions level in MOSS. You can also create your own permissions level that suit you the best in your environment. MOSS permissions are customizable, except for the Limited Access and Full Control permission levels.

If you decide to remove the Limited Access and Full Control permission levels, you will have to make them unavailable for the entire Web application because you can’t directly edit the Limited Access and Full Control permission levels. By making them unavailable for a Web application you are essentially removing those permissions from the Limited Access and Full Control permission levels.

Microsoft describes these permissions in detail here. Here are the default permission levels.

Permission level Description Permissions included by default
Limited Access Allows access to shared resources in the Web site, so that the users can access an item within the site. Designed to be combined with fine-grained permissions to give users access to a specific list, document library, item, or document, without giving them access to the entire site. Cannot be customized or deleted.

· View Application Pages

· Browse User Information

· Use Remote Interfaces

· Use Client Integration Features Open


View Only Members of this group can view pages, list items, and documents. If the document has a server-side file handler available, they can only view the document by using that file handler.

· Limited Access permissions

· View Item

· View Versions

· Create Alerts

· View Page


Read Allows read-only access to the Web site.

· View Only permissions

· Open Item


Contribute Can create and edit items in the existing lists and document libraries.

· Read permissions

· Add Items

· Edit Items

· Delete Items

· Delete Versions

· Browse Directories

· Edit Personal User Information

· Manage Personal Views

· Add/Remove Personal Web Parts

· Update Personal Web Parts


Design Can create lists and document libraries and edit pages in the Web site.

· Contribute permissions

· Manage Lists

· Override Check Out

· Approve Items

· Add and Customize Pages

· Apply Themes and Borders

· Apply Style Sheets


Full Control Allows full control of the scope. All permissions

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