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From Chad George <>
Subject Re: Per Document Filtering/Authorization
Date Thu, 02 Dec 2010 13:45:39 GMT
I'm not sure purely ACL based authorization is sufficient since it makes it
difficult to authorize specific documents to specific users. A function that
has access to both the request context (user) and document seems more

Also, I'm not sure I see a benefit in having the security stuff in a
separate database. It makes things more difficult to replicate an entire
application since the logic would be split between two databases. Having the
authorization functions defined on the design document seems simpler.

- Chad

On Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 10:38 PM, David Pratt <> wrote:

> A couple of small clarifications:
> > My thought is that we might wish to implement a special _authorization
> > database (or give it some flexible name similar to _users) that is not
> > under MVCC rules.
> To be clear, all I mean by this is that whatever we call the db, you
> ought to be able to give it a different name in the configuration in
> the same way you can with the _users database.
> > In this scenario, a key in the _authorization database corresponds to
> > the _type. _authorization could use a naming convention to _users that
> > makes it special.
> Sorry this should have read:
> _authorization could use a similar naming convention to _users that
> makes it special.

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