How VFS Permissions Work

When a user logs in to EFT's The Web Transfer Client, the files and folders that the user is allowed to access depends on the permissions assigned on the VFS tab of the administration interface. The VFS tab allows you to enable or disable permissions for a group or a user as described below.

The Inherit Permission and Content settings from parent check box causes the selected folder in the tree to inherit the permissions assigned to its parent folder. For example, if you specify that folder Usr is to inherit the permissions assigned to its parent folder, then Usr has the same permissions as the Site root folder. If you clear the check box, a message appears in which you can copy the parent folder's permissions and then edit them as needed or remove all inherited permissions. (Refer to Disabling Inheritance in the VFS for more information about inheritance.)

The Encrypt contents (EFS) check box allows you to right-click a folder in the VFS tree (left pane) and encrypt the contents of the selected folder. Refer to Encrypt Data at Rest for details.

The check boxes in the Permissions area specify whether a user or group is allowed the permission:

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The check boxes in the Contents area specify

Within the VFS system, the Show files and folders in list file permission and the Show this folder in parent list folder permission can confuse users as to the intended operation of the server. Let’s use the following folder structure as an example to explain the purpose of these check boxes.

The default folder User contains user folders for Alex and Jane.

If you select user Alex and disable the Show this folder in parent list permission for user Jane, then when user Jane navigates to the Usr directory and retrieves a directory listing, the folder Alex will NOT appear in her directory listing. To complicate matters, however, Jane still has access to the folder and if someone tells her to manually navigate to that folder, she will still be able to perform actions within the Alex folder (provided she has appropriate permissions). In this scenario, by default, when user Jane retrieves a directory listing from within the folder Alex, she will only see a list of files in the folder; she will not see any subfolders in the folder, because the subfolders, incoming, outgoing, and shared, have all inherited the disabled Show this folder in parent list setting.

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