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Microsoft® Windows® Internals: Microsoft Windows Server™ 2003, Windows XP, and Windows 2000, 4th Edition by David A. Solomon, Mark E. Russinovich

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Glossary

access-control list (ACL)

The part of a security descriptor that enumerates who has what access to an object. The owner of an object can change the object's ACL to allow or disallow others access to the object. An ACL is made up of an ACL header and zero or more access-control entry (ACE) structures. An ACL with zero ACEs is called a null ACL and indicates that no user has access to the object.

access token

A data structure that contains the security identification of a process or a thread, which includes its security ID (SID), the list of groups that the user is a member of, and the list of privileges that are enabled and disabled. Each process has a primary access token that it inherits by default from its creating process.

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