Calling create (post) /subscriptions for Mail.ReadBasic application not working (403), but for Mail.Read (same configuration) it works

Slobodan 11 Reputation points


I have 2 app registrations with the same configuration, the only difference is that one has Mail.Read Application permission, and the other one has Mail.ReadBasic application permission.

When I call /subscription with the same body for both, for Mail.ReadBasic application I get 403 error:

Error: Operation: Create; Exception: [Status Code: Forbidden; Reason: Access is denied. Check credentials and try again.]

Request body is (note ... in notificationUrl is a link, but I removed sensitive information)

      "changeType": "created",  
      "expirationDateTime": "2022-05-05T00:44:18.866Z",  
      "includeResourceData": false,  
      "notificationUrl": "https://.../pubsub/microsoft-messages",  
      "resource": "/users/"  

For the application with Mail.Read application permission this works, and for the application with Mail.ReadBasic application permission it doesn't.
For both applications the admin has consented to the permissions asked and other graph api calls work, for example /messages (with filter or without), without signed in tenant users, since admin consented to the Mail.ReadBasic application permission.

Mail.Read application permissions (works):

Mail.ReadBasic application permissions (doesn't work):

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  1. Slobodan 11 Reputation points

    Hi @ShivaniRai-MSFT .

    On the same docs page it explicitly says that for subscriptions to messages, both Mail.Read and Mail.ReadBasic (delegated & application) are fine.


    I tried changing Mail.ReadBasic (delegated & application) to Mail.Read permission, and it actually worked. But this isn't what it says in documentation.
    The whole point of me having 2 azure applications is that one is Mail.Read and the other Mail.ReadBasic, and I'm assuming I can subscribe to push notifications for messages without a body, same as with one.

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  2. ShivaniRai-MSFT 2,726 Reputation points

    Hello @Slobodan ,

    As per this documentation creating a subscription requires read scope to the resource. For example, to get change notifications on messages, your app needs the Mail.Read permission.

    Also, according to this Mail permissions documentation Mail.ReadBasic permission allows the app to read email in the signed-in user's mailbox whereas Mail.Read permission allows the app to read email in user mailboxes. Hence, for application scope Mail.Read permission is needed.

    Hope this helps.

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