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C# and administrator rights

I would like to create an application which would run with administrator
rights when launched by a simple user. Is know the RunAs() command in SHELL,
but the password is still needed.

Isn't there a way, knowing the administrator's password, to
programmaticaly launch my application with those rights ?
Thank you.
Feb 3 '06 #1
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"Laurent" <mo********@free.fr> wrote in message
I would like to create an application which would run with
administrator rights when launched by a simple user. Is know the RunAs()
command in SHELL, but the password is still needed.

Isn't there a way, knowing the administrator's password, to
programmaticaly launch my application with those rights ?

How are you going to protect the admin password?

Perhaps you could use a normal program and an admin service to do the
(hopefully limited) restricted stuff.
Feb 3 '06 #2
I got this code from CodeProject but don't recall the project name. I
used this code because I needed to impersonate a specific user account
to start and stop a service on a remote machine. Perhaps it will help

using System.Security.Principal;
using System.Runtime.InteropServices;
//the following code executed before you perform your task

if ( ! ImpersonationUtil.Impersonate( _userName, _password, _domain ) )

MessageBox.Show("Impersonation failed.");

//Perform task as this user here...

//After your task, do this:
Here is the code for the ImpersonationUtil class:

/// <summary>
/// Impersonate a windows logon.
/// </summary>
public class ImpersonationUtil {

/// <summary>
/// Impersonate given logon information.
/// </summary>
/// <param name="logon">Windows logon name.</param>
/// <param name="password">password</param>
/// <param name="domain">domain name</param>
/// <returns></returns>
public static bool Impersonate( string logon, string password, string
domain ) {
WindowsIdentity tempWindowsIdentity;
IntPtr token = IntPtr.Zero;
IntPtr tokenDuplicate = IntPtr.Zero;

if( LogonUser( logon, domain, password, LOGON32_LOGON_INTERACTIVE,
LOGON32_PROVIDER_DEFAULT, ref token) != 0 ) {

if ( DuplicateToken( token, 2, ref tokenDuplicate ) != 0 ) {
tempWindowsIdentity = new WindowsIdentity(tokenDuplicate);
impersonationContext = tempWindowsIdentity.Impersonate();
if ( null != impersonationContext ) return true;

return false;

/// <summary>
/// Unimpersonate.
/// </summary>
public static void UnImpersonate() {

[DllImport("advapi32.dll", CharSet=CharSet.Auto)]
public static extern int LogonUser(
string lpszUserName,
String lpszDomain,
String lpszPassword,
int dwLogonType,
int dwLogonProvider,
ref IntPtr phToken );

CharSet=System.Runtime.InteropServices.CharSet.Aut o,
public extern static int DuplicateToken(
IntPtr hToken,
int impersonationLevel,
ref IntPtr hNewToken );

private const int LOGON32_LOGON_INTERACTIVE = 2;
private const int LOGON32_LOGON_NETWORK_CLEARTEXT = 4;
private const int LOGON32_PROVIDER_DEFAULT = 0;
private static WindowsImpersonationContext impersonationContext;

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