Our content editors get an error when they try to upload a new version of a document (or any other media item). Steps they take:

  1. Go to media library
  2. Upload a file (with advanced options) as versioned media
  3. File gets uploaded - go to the newly created item
  4. Switch language
  5. Create a version of the item in this language
  6. Click "attach" to upload the version of the asset in that language
  7. Access error...

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Image is taken with custom errors off.. In the logs we can see:

Exception: Sitecore.Exceptions.AccessDeniedException
Message: Application access denied.
Source: Sitecore.Kernel
   at Sitecore.Diagnostics.Assert.HasAccess(Boolean accessAllowed, String message)
   at Sitecore.Shell.Applications.Dialogs.Attach.AttachForm.OnLoad(EventArgs e)

If we try the same with an admin user, everything works fine.

Using Sitecore 9.0.2

1 Answer 1


This appears to be a security issue (bug) in Sitecore that can be easily fixed:

  • Switch to the core database in the Desktop.
  • Open Content Editor and navigate to the /sitecore/content/Applications/Dialogs/Upload item.
  • Click the Security tab and grant the sitecore\Author role Read access right to this item

After that non-admin users with Author roles will be able to attach contents to the Media items.

Thx to Sitecore Support for the fix.

ps: I could not find the bug reference number (173612) in the release notes of 9.1 so it might still be present there.

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