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From "Rick Hillegas (Commented) (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (DERBY-866) Derby User Management Enhancements
Date Mon, 05 Dec 2011 14:09:40 GMT

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Rick Hillegas commented on DERBY-866:
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Thanks for the additional comments, Dag. For some applications, it's probably ok to make all
DBOs system administrators. Not sure that's going to be ideal for all applications but it
might take us a long way.

Your comments suggest this side-effect of having a single credentials database: We could implement
system privileges via GRANT/REVOKE in that database rather than via the Java security mechanisms
proposed by DERBY-2109. GRANT/REVOKE is much easier to understand and administer than Java
security's policy files. Not sure how to make this work with our other authentication schemes
(LDAP/BUILTIN/custom), but it might be possible.

Thanks,
-Rick

                
> Derby User Management Enhancements
> ----------------------------------
>
>                 Key: DERBY-866
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/DERBY-866
>             Project: Derby
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: Services
>    Affects Versions: 10.2.1.6
>            Reporter: Francois Orsini
>         Attachments: Derby_User_Enhancement.html, Derby_User_Enhancement_v1.1.html, DummyAuthenticator.java,
UserManagement.html, dummyCredentials.properties
>
>
> Proposal to enhance Derby's Built-In DDL User Management. (See proposal spec attached
to the JIRA).
> Abstract:
> This feature aims at improving the way BUILT-IN users are managed in Derby by providing
a more intuitive and familiar DDL interface. Currently (in 10.1.2.1), Built-In users can be
defined at the system and/or database level. Users created at the system level can be defined
via JVM or/and Derby system properties in the derby.properties file. Built-in users created
at the database level are defined via a call to a Derby system procedure (SYSCS_UTIL.SYSCS_SET_DATABASE_PROPERTY)
which sets a database property.
> Defining a user at the system level is very convenient and practical during the development
phase (EOD) of an application - However, the user's password is not encrypted and consequently
appears in clear in the derby.properties file. Hence, for an application going into production,
whether it is embedded or not, it is preferable to create users at the database level where
the password is encrypted.
> There is no real ANSI SQL standard for managing users in SQL but by providing a more
intuitive and known interface, it will ease Built-In User management at the database level
as well as Derby's adoption.

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