Changes to Modifying UBfs Permissions

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Published March 14, 2017

By Kenneth Kashif Thomas

Due to the elimination of unsupported third-party code, customers will no longer be able to modify Access Control Lists (ACLs) in UBfs—UB’s legacy file service—from a web browser. This change comes as control over sharing and permissions in UBbox has been augmented.


Kenneth Kashif Thomas (UB Student, Class of 2017) is an Economics major with an interest in Journalism. He is the 2016-17 Senior Features Editor of the UB Spectrum student newspaper.

“An analysis of the service shows that 146 people use the now-retired web-based ACL modification service in the past year,” said Larry Schnitzer, Associate Director for Enterprise Infrastructure Services, part of UB Information Technology.

For those people, ACL modification is still available by modifying the permissions for directories natively in Windows.

UBbox: Another Option for File Storage

UBbox, the univerisity's newly-introduced cloud storage service, which offers free, secure and unlimited storage to all UB students, faculty and staff from any device, has received several upgrades in the past year. This includes the ability to collaborate on files using Google Docs with Box and edit documents in the cloud using Microsoft Office Online. UBIT has also opened Box up to departments using ITORG exception accounts. 

UBbox is intended to be a more contemporary and flexible solution for file saving and sharing than UBfs.

If you need assistance changing or setting permissions in UBfs, please contact the UBIT Help Center at or 716-645-3542.