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I have the following situation:

1. Application X1 runs under a regular user account (this user is also
the currently logged on user).

2. Application X1 kicks off Application X2 using an Administrator
account and then quits itself.

3. Application X2 does a couple of things, then restarts Application X1
using the regular User account, then Application X2 quits itself.

4. Application X1 then needs to log off the system. It calls calls Win
API calls to enable log-off priviliges, then it calls ExitWindowsEx.
The api function kills the running app (e.g. X1), but the log-off itself
never happens.

The log-off works perfectly fine from the application running under the
regular user account, if it is not kicked off by an application running
under another account.

What am I missing here to make the log-off work?
Regards
Feb 20 '07 #1
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Hi Frank,

Can you show some code about how you lauch application from another
application with differen account and how you call API to enable log-off
priviliges? Also, if you first lauch APP X2, and then run APP X1 from it
and call ExitWindowsEx, will this make it successful?

Sincerely,

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Feb 20 '07 #2

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Luke Zhang [MSFT] wrote:
Hi Frank,

Can you show some code about how you lauch application from another
application with differen account and how you call API to enable log-off
priviliges? Also, if you first lauch APP X2, and then run APP X1 from it
and call ExitWindowsEx, will this make it successful?
First of all, sorry for not replying in ascii - the code looks
unreadable in it.
Ok, here is how I kick off an executable. This routine is used by both
applications. It is fairly simply. The method separates the executable
from its arguments, applies user name and password and kicks off the
application. Note that Process.StartInfo.Domain is not set because we
are dealing with local accounts only.

public static Process RunExecutable(string exe, string userName,
string password)
{
string fileName = string.Empty;
string arguments = string.Empty;
bool useCredentials = false;
const string EXE_INDICATOR = ".exe";

// break up the exe parameter into filename and arguments
// basically look for data after .exe string

int iPos = exe.ToLower().IndexOf(EXE_INDICATOR);
if (iPos 0)
{
fileName = exe.Substring(0, iPos + EXE_INDICATOR.Length);

if (exe.Length iPos + EXE_INDICATOR.Length + 1)
arguments = exe.Substring(iPos +
EXE_INDICATOR.Length + 1);
}
else
fileName = exe;

Process prc = new Process();

prc.StartInfo.FileName = fileName.Trim();
prc.StartInfo.Arguments = arguments.Trim();

if (userName != string.Empty)
{
prc.StartInfo.UserName = userName;
useCredentials = true;
}

if (password != string.Empty)
{
SecureString ssPassword = new SecureString();
foreach (char c in password.ToCharArray())
ssPassword.AppendChar(c);

prc.StartInfo.Password = ssPassword;
useCredentials = true;
}

if (useCredentials)
{
// when using credentials, MS requires setting the
working directory as described in the following article
//
ms-help://MS.VSCC.v80/MS.MSDN.v80/MS.NETDEVFX.v20.en/cpref6/html/P_System_Diagnostics_ProcessStartInfo_Password.htm
// So will set the working directory to the current
directory.

// Derive the working directory from the location of the
entry assembly
string fullPath =
System.Reflection.Assembly.GetEntryAssembly().Loca tion;
FileInfo fi = new FileInfo(fullPath);

prc.StartInfo.WorkingDirectory = fi.DirectoryName;

// can't use Shell Execute when using credentials
prc.StartInfo.UseShellExecute = false;
}

prc.Start();
return prc;
}

Next, for logging off I use the WindowsController class from
http://www.mentalis.org/soft/class.qpx?id=7
It is very well documented and it's easy to use. I call
WindowsController.ExitWindows(RestartOptions.LogOf f, true);

Regards,
Robert
Sincerely,

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Feb 20 '07 #3

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Hi Robert,

The code lokks fine, what is the OS version, windows server 2003 or Vista?
If you use two local administrator accounts, will it also generate the
problem?

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Feb 22 '07 #4

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Any update on this issue?

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Feb 26 '07 #5

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Luke Zhang [MSFT] wrote:
Hi Robert,

The code lokks fine, what is the OS version, windows server 2003 or Vista?
If you use two local administrator accounts, will it also generate the
problem?
Just XP Pro. With local admin accounts, the problem goes away.
>
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Mar 5 '07 #6

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Hello,

I just check the source code of Windows Controller class, and I found
following code:

protected static void ExitWindows(int how , bool force) {
EnableToken("SeShutdownPrivilege");
if (force)
how = how | EWX_FORCE;
if (ExitWindowsEx(how, 0) == 0)
throw new PrivilegeException(FormatError(Marshal.GetLastWin3 2Error()));
}
/// <summary>
/// Tries to enable the specified privilege.
/// </summary>
/// <param name="privilege">The privilege to enable.</param>
/// <exception cref="PrivilegeException">There was an error while
requesting a required privilege.</exception>
/// <remarks>Thanks to Michael S. Muegel for notifying us about a bug in
this code.</remarks>
protected static void EnableToken(string privilege ) {
if (Environment.OSVersion.Platform != PlatformID.Win32NT ||
!CheckEntryPoint("advapi32.dll", "AdjustTokenPrivileges"))
return;
IntPtr tokenHandle = IntPtr.Zero;
LUID privilegeLUID = new LUID();
TOKEN_PRIVILEGES newPrivileges = new TOKEN_PRIVILEGES();
TOKEN_PRIVILEGES tokenPrivileges ;
if (OpenProcessToken(Process.GetCurrentProcess().Hand le,
TOKEN_ADJUST_PRIVILEGES | TOKEN_QUERY, ref tokenHandle) == 0)
throw new PrivilegeException(FormatError(Marshal.GetLastWin3 2Error()));
if (LookupPrivilegeValue("", privilege, ref privilegeLUID) == 0)
throw new PrivilegeException(FormatError(Marshal.GetLastWin3 2Error()));
tokenPrivileges.PrivilegeCount = 1;
tokenPrivileges.Privileges.Attributes = SE_PRIVILEGE_ENABLED;
tokenPrivileges.Privileges.pLuid = privilegeLUID;
int size = 4;
if (AdjustTokenPrivileges(tokenHandle, 0, ref tokenPrivileges, 4 + (12 *
tokenPrivileges.PrivilegeCount), ref newPrivileges, ref size) == 0)
throw new PrivilegeException(FormatError(Marshal.GetLastWin3 2Error()));
}
I suggest you may and this class in your project and set break point in the
method of EnableToken(string privilege ). I suspect the problem occur here.
So, may run the application in debug mode, or add and some code to record
log information in the function, to check if there is any problem when
running the application in the real environment, for example, are all the
functions call successful in the method of EnableToken(string privilege )?

Sincerely,

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