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From "Sam Tunnicliffe (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (CASSANDRA-8650) Creation and maintenance of roles should not require superuser status
Date Tue, 20 Jan 2015 16:04:35 GMT
Sam Tunnicliffe created CASSANDRA-8650:
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             Summary: Creation and maintenance of roles should not require superuser status
                 Key: CASSANDRA-8650
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/CASSANDRA-8650
             Project: Cassandra
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: Core
            Reporter: Sam Tunnicliffe
             Fix For: 3.0


Currently, only roles with superuser status are permitted to create/drop/grant/revoke roles,
which violates the principal of least privilege. In addition, in order to run {{ALTER ROLE}}
statements a user must log in directly as that role or else be a superuser. This requirement
increases the (ab)use of superuser privileges, especially where roles are created without
{{LOGIN}} privileges to model groups of permissions granted to individual db users. In this
scenario, a superuser is always required if such roles are to be granted and modified.

We should add more granular permissions to allow administration of roles without requiring
superuser status.




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