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The return value expected, when using GetFileAttributes, is FFFFFFFF forfailure, and for success the value of the files attributes. Sometimes, whenthe API should have been returning failure, it was succeeding and returninginvalid attributes.
Some file information is cached locally when it is opened. So, when anotherprocess needed some of that information and it was cached, it was obtained without checking to see if it had the proper rights to obtain thatinformation.
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