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From Wendall Cada <>
Subject Re: Curiosity how you use CouchDB in your web env.
Date Wed, 06 Mar 2013 19:27:40 GMT
We use couchdb in two configurations.

1. As a couchapp serving content for basic consumption. (For a url 
shortener service)
2. As a database on localhost behind pylons or pyramid.

To address the security question. We've been using couchdb for long 
enough that it didn't have any security when we started using it in 
production (0.8). Up until recently _users was a somewhat insecure 
feature. It's only been with the release of 1.2.0 that _users is handled 

For our needs, couchdb still does not have robust enough acls for any of 
our applications, so for now, it needs to run behind our app servers. I 
see changes for this on the roadmap, but until this actually happens, 
couchdb will happily sit on localhost serving docs.

I'm not sure why it isn't understood that based on it's history, CouchDB 
has mostly been used as a database. I know people want it to be an app 
server, but, in my opinion, that's the weakest part of the entire system.


On 03/06/2013 09:51 AM, Robert Newson wrote:
> "How does everyone solve the security issue?"
> What security problem? Only administrators can modify design documents.
> B.
> On 6 March 2013 11:38, Aurélien Bénel <> wrote:
>> Hi,
>>> just out of curiosity, would like to hear how CouchDB is being used in your web
>> We have two main setups:
>> - CouchApps,
>> - REST APIs used by heavy clients (Java or Firefox extensions) and attached Web applications.
>>> How does everyone solve the security issue?
>> We always use CouchDB behind a reverse proxy to add LDAP authentication and authorization
when needed.
>> Regards,
>> Aurélien

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