Posted by ken zheng on July 14, 2009
SPSecurity exposes a method called “RunWithElevatedPrivileges” which gives you an option to elevate the privilege to the application pool identity under which your code is executing. Looks nice, eh?
But Wait a second!! You are not done yet. I wish it was that easy when it comes to impersonation. In order to get this method call to properly impersonate your application pool identity you need to do some more work. Basically, SPSite and SPWeb objects created outside do not have Full Control even when referenced inside the delegate (anonymous method), so you need to find out their GUID before impersonation is performed and re-create the context one more time. Finally,never forget to dispose your objects!
You basically need to create parentWeb again via creation of a new SPSite, SPWeb etc. within the RunWithElevatedPrivileges block.
//Don’t dispose the following two objects. Sharepoint will take care of their disposal when page is completely rendered.
SPWeb webInUserContext = SPContext.Current.Web;
SPSite SiteInUserContext = SPContext.Current.Site;
Guid webGuid = webInUserContext.ID;
Guid siteGuid = SiteInUserContext.ID;
// get the site in impersonated context
using (SPSite site = new SPSite(siteGuid))
// get the web in the impersonated context
SPWeb web = site.OpenWeb(webGuid);
web.AllowUnsafeUpdates = true;
// Do your work here
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