Message Queue Security under Server 2008 & Server 2008 R2

Message Queues are a great tool for interprocess communication if you need to ensure that a message is processed, regardless of the target process’s connectivity or runtime state. If you are developing with Microsoft’s .Net Framework you can take advantage of Windows Communication Foundations built-in support for Microsoft Message Queues.

I have been using WCF with Microsoft Message Queues on a recent project, which as part of a back-end processor, the queues are automatically created in the event that they do not exist. The queues can be programmatically created using the following code (C#):

System.Messaging.MessageQueue.Create(@".Private$MyPrivateQueue");

When you deploy this application to a Windows Server 2008 machine, the queue will be created as expected and as default allow messages to be inserted into the queue. However Windows Server 2008 R2 behaves a little differently, as default the queue will not allow anyone other than the owner to insert messages into the queue.

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One comment

  1. JustinBeersonp · April 13, 2011

    Hi – I am really glad to find this. Good job!

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