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From William Slacum <>
Subject Re: SecAdmin
Date Fri, 06 Jul 2012 14:26:10 GMT
Depending on what kind of interfaces you want to support, you could
use something similar to CAS. A Ruby implementation can be found at .

On Fri, Jul 6, 2012 at 10:23 AM, Adam Fuchs <> wrote:
> One thought I had on this is that once we make authorization and
> authentication pluggable, all of these concerns can be offloaded to
> whatever system implements the back-end. The basic authentication and
> authorization that we provide out of the box does not necessarily need to
> have the most advanced configuration features. Perhaps we should keep it
> simple, like it is now? Is there another project onto which we can heap
> these requirements?
> Adam
> On Mon, Jul 2, 2012 at 4:46 PM, John Vines <> wrote:
>> One point that has been brought to my attention is that the administration
>> of users and their authorizations brings difficulties to development. There
>> are situations where you trust a user to create users, modify their
>> privileges, and drop users, but not to manage a users authorizations.
>> After talking to someone, the idea of a Secadmin was brought to my
>> attention. We should split the administration space into two areas. The
>> Grant privilege is still the root for granting Secadmin and for modifying
>> authorizations. Secadmin should be the necessary privilege for managing
>> users besides their authorizations. This allows a user who's trust enough
>> to create users but not trusted enough to grant access to the various
>> levels of data.
>> I'm opening up this as a discussion for dev to hear the communities
>> thoughts and hash out details prior to ticket creation. Ideally these
>> changes will get rolled into my branch for ACCUMULO-259, to be implemented
>> in Accumulo 1.5.
>> John

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