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From Mahadev Konar <maha...@yahoo-inc.com>
Subject Re: General Question about Zookeeper
Date Thu, 25 Jun 2009 18:23:54 GMT
Hi Harold,
 As Henry mentioned, what acl's provide you is preventing access to znodes.
If someone has access to zookeeper's data stored on zookeeper's server
machines, they should be able to resconstruct the data and read it (using
zookeeper deserialization code).

I am not sure what kind of security model you are interested in, but for
ZooKeeper we expect the server side data stored on local disks be
inaccessible to normal users and only accessable to admins.

Hope this helps.

On 6/25/09 11:01 AM, "Henry Robinson" <henry@cloudera.com> wrote:

> Hi Harold,
> Each ZooKeeper server stores updates to znodes in logfiles, and periodic
> snapshots of the state of the datatree in snapshot files.
> A user who has the same permissions as the server will be able to read these
> files, and can therefore recover the state of the datatree without the ZK
> server intervening. ACLs are applied only by the server; there is no
> filesystem-level representation of them.
> Henry
> On Thu, Jun 25, 2009 at 6:48 PM, Harold Lim <rold_50@yahoo.com> wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> How does zookeeper store data/files?
>> From reading the doc, the clients can put ACL on files/znodes to limit
>> read/write/create of other clients. However, I was wondering how are these
>> znodes stored on Zookeeper servers?
>> I am interested in a security aspect of zookeeper, where the clients and
>> the servers don't necessarily belong to the same "group". If a client
>> creates a znode in the zookeeper? Can the person, who owns the zookeeper
>> server, simply look at its filesystem and read the data (out-of-band, not
>> using a client, simply browsing the file system of the machine hosting the
>> zookeeper server)?
>> Thanks,
>> Harold

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