# Sql-server – Receiving “The SELECT permission was denied on the object” even though it’s been granted

permissionssql serversql-server-2008-r2

I'm a programmer, not a dba… I know just enough to be dangerous.

I've inherited a database with a legacy user that is a db_owner for the database. We can't adjust this user's permission for existing tables, schemas, etc., for business reasons, but some new tables are being created, and I only want this user to have SELECT access on them.

Permissions have been set for this user for these tables so that everything is DENIED, except SELECT, which is set to GRANT.

Yet when this user (dbadmin) attempts to perform a SELECT on one of these tables (AccountingAudit), this error happens:

The SELECT permission was denied on the object 'AccountingAudit', database 'billing', schema 'dbo'.


I've run this SQL to try and see what permissions are set for this table/user:

select object_name(major_id) as object,
user_name(grantee_principal_id) as grantee,
user_name(grantor_principal_id) as grantor,
permission_name,
state_desc
from sys.database_permissions


And this is what I get back:

AccountingAudit dbadmin dbo ALTER   DENY
AccountingAudit dbadmin dbo TAKE OWNERSHIP  DENY
AccountingAudit dbadmin dbo VIEW DEFINITION DENY
AccountingAudit dbadmin dbo VIEW CHANGE TRACKING    DENY


Seems like it should be working right?

The SELECT call I'm making is a very basic SELECT * FROM AccountingAudit, from within SSMS. I'm not doing any special sp_executesql or anything like that.

I've tried explicitly granting permission:

GRANT SELECT ON [dbo].AccountingAudit TO dbadmin


This has no effect (why would it, the query above already shows it's granted! 😉

I've searched through stackoverflow.com and elsewhere, and cannot find anything I haven't tried yet. I'm wondering if it has something to do with how the schemas are setup. (At this point I know very little about schemas.)

Any ideas? Thanks!

I'm not sure here, but I'm going to go out on a limb. I think your issue might be with your DENY CONTROL record. See here about half way down the page:
I realize that example is for a database, but take it one more granual level. A DENY CONTROL on a table will deny all privileges on it, I'm guessing. Do a REVOKE CONTROL to get rid of that and see if that fixes your issue.