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From "Rick Hillegas (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (DERBY-4191) Lack of SELECT privilege does not prevent SELECT COUNT(*)
Date Thu, 03 Dec 2009 20:35:20 GMT

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Rick Hillegas commented on DERBY-4191:

Thanks for the patch, Mamta. I think that this would be good, incremental improvement. My
chief misgiving about this patch is that it attempts to enumerate the cases which could go
wrong. I don't think that I am smart enough to list the problem cases even with the limited
grammar that we have now. As we extend the language, more problem cases may creep in. Here
for instance is a query which should fail but which still succeeds with this patch:

   select myTable.a from myTable, admin.privateTable;  -- here admin.privateTable is a table
that I don't have any SELECT privileges on

I continue to think that it would be best to always add the MIN_SELECT_PRIV and then weed
it out later if you can prove that it isn't needed. I think the downside of this alternative
approach is that some cases may slip through where we needlessly look for column permissions.
On the whole, I think that is a better problem to have than ignoring permissions checks when
they are required.

Another small comment: The code which adds the MIN_SELECT_PRIV seems to be duplicated in a
couple files. I would recommend abstracting this code into a shared subroutine.


> Lack of SELECT privilege does not prevent SELECT COUNT(*)
> ---------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: DERBY-4191
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/DERBY-4191
>             Project: Derby
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: SQL
>    Affects Versions:,
>            Reporter: Knut Anders Hatlen
>            Assignee: Mamta A. Satoor
>         Attachments: DERBY4191_ColumnLevelCheckInStatmentTablePerm_diff_patch1.txt, DERBY4191_countStar_privilege_diff_patch1.txt,
> A user that does not have SELECT privilege on a table can still perform a SELECT COUNT(*)
on that table. Counting a specific column (e.g., SELECT COUNT(X)) is prevented.

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