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From "Boris Melamed (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (CASSANDRA-12859) Column-level permissions
Date Fri, 28 Oct 2016 14:56:58 GMT
Boris Melamed created CASSANDRA-12859:

             Summary: Column-level permissions
                 Key: CASSANDRA-12859
             Project: Cassandra
          Issue Type: New Feature
          Components: Core, CQL
            Reporter: Boris Melamed

Here is a draft of: 
Cassandra Proposal - Column-level permissions.docx

Quoting the 'Overview' section:

The purpose of this proposal is to add column-level (field-level) permissions to Cassandra.
It is my intent to soon start implementing this feature in a fork, and to submit a pull request
once it’s ready.
Cassandra already supports permissions on keyspace and table (column family) level. Sources:

At IBM, we have use cases in the area of big data analytics where column-level access permissions
are also a requirement. All industry RDBMS products are supporting this level of permission
control, and regulators are expecting it from all data-based systems.
Main day-one requirements
1.	Extend CQL (Cassandra Query Language) to be able to optionally specify a list of individual
columns, in the GRANT statement. The relevant permission types are: MODIFY (for UPDATE and
2.	Persist the optional information in the appropriate system table ‘system_auth.role_permissions’.
3.	Enforce the column access restrictions during execution. Details:
  a.	Should fit with the existing permission propagation down a role chain.
  b.	Proposed message format when a user’s roles give access to the queried table but not
to all of the selected, inserted, or updated columns:
  "User %s has no %s permission on column %s of table %s"
  c.	Error will report only the first checked column. 
Nice to have: list all inaccessible columns.
  d.	Error code is the same as for table access denial: 2100.
Additional day-one requirements
4.	Reflect the column-level permissions in statements of type 
5.	Performance should not degrade in any significant way.
6.	Backwards compatibility
  a.	Permission enforcement for DBs created before the upgrade should continue to work with
the same behavior after upgrading to a version that allows column-level permissions.
  b.	Previous CQL syntax will remain valid, and have the same effect as before.
7.	Documentation
  o	Feedback request: any others?

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