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From Alexander Shorin <>
Subject Re: Capturing UserCtx automatically
Date Wed, 19 Feb 2014 12:27:58 GMT
On Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 4:17 PM, Jan Lehnardt <> wrote:
> On 19 Feb 2014, at 13:02 , Alexander Shorin <> wrote:
>> On Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 3:59 PM, Jan Lehnardt <> wrote:
>>> On 19 Feb 2014, at 11:42 , Alexander Shorin <> wrote:
>>>> On Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 2:24 PM, Robert Samuel Newson
>>>> <> wrote:
>>>>> validate_doc_update(oldDoc, newDoc, userCtx) {
>>>>> if (newDoc.audit_trail[0].user != {
>>>>>  throw({forbidden: "You didn’t add your name to the audit trail!"});
>>>>> }
>>>>> …
>>>>> }
>>>> There is one issue with such approach: replications. You will not be
>>>> able to replicate documents which has different username in
>>>> audit_trail from those one who runs the replication. Or, to be more
>>>> detailed, you'll replicate fine all documents till the design document
>>>> which brings this validation function to your database and after that
>>>> you'll only able to store documents which matches replication's user.
>>> You could add the replication user to the validation function and keep
>>> the original author.
>> Sure, I could. But this would be tricky and unclear for other users
>> that just wanted to grab the data from CouchDB.
> how so?

Let's say we have some database where multiple users are collaborating
upon some stuff. Let it be image hosting service based on CouchDB
where friends shares images between. Your users allowed to post new
docs with images, but they don't wanted to see how others users
changes docs that they owned. We forbidden such actions via
validate_doc_update function by checking if matches So, that's the case: you allowed to update own documents
and only allow to read the others.

Now some user wanted to replicate this database to local CouchDB. He
already has his own personal credentials. And he'll use them in
replication and I wonder if he's able to recall another account to use
for replications. Also, if I create special username which is able to
bypass validation function ... well, that's a bug in the system -
what's the reason left to use restricted accounts when you have access
to more powerful ones?


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