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From "Andrew Purtell (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (HBASE-8409) Security support for namespaces
Date Mon, 12 Aug 2013 21:30:48 GMT

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Andrew Purtell commented on HBASE-8409:

bq. The model we were going for was similar to unix directories. 

Instead of directories, I see namespaces as another level in a hierarchy of grants: cell,
column family, table, namespace, global. List that out in the inverse for the dominance relationship.

bq. I'll create a separate jira to address all the namespace privileges. And we can stick
with the two existing basic privileges for now?


bq. I can remove the existing "Write" namespace privilege for now. So we won't have any backward
compatibility issues as well? This means table create is still left to global admin.

I was wondering if it would be possible to change this bit of logic on namespace grants from
a test for WRITE to a test for CREATE or (CREATE|ADMIN). In your administrative model, is
there such a thing as namespace ADMIN or a user with privilege to CREATE in the namespace
> Security support for namespaces
> -------------------------------
>                 Key: HBASE-8409
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HBASE-8409
>             Project: HBase
>          Issue Type: Sub-task
>            Reporter: Francis Liu
>            Assignee: Vandana Ayyalasomayajula
>            Priority: Blocker
>             Fix For: 0.98.0, 0.95.2
>         Attachments: HBASE-8049_trunk.patch, HBASE-8409_2.patch, HBASE-8409_3.patch,
> This task adds the security piece to the namespace feature. The work related to migration
of the existing acl table to the new namespace is remaining and will be completed in the follow
up patch. Permissions can be granted to a namespace by the hbase admin, by appending '@' to
the namespace name. A user with write or admin permissions on a given namespace can create
tables in that namespace. The other privileges (R, X, C ) do not have any special meaning
w.r.t namespaces.  Any users of hbase can list tables in a namespace.
> The following commands can only be executed by HBase admins.
> 1. Grant privileges for user on Namespace.
> 2. Revoke privileges for user on Namespace
> Grant Command:
> hbase> grant 'tenant-A' 'W' '@N1'
>  In the above example, the command will grant the user 'tenant-A' write privileges for
a namespace named "N1".
> Revoke Command:
> hbase> revoke 'tenant-A''@N1'
>  In the above example, the command will revoke  all privileges from user 'tenant-A' for
namespace named "N1".
> Lets see an example on how privileges work with namespaces.
> User "Mike" request for a namespace named "hbase_perf" with the hbase admin.
>       whoami: hbase
>       hbase shell >> namespace_create 'hbase_perf'
>       hbase shell >> grant 'mike', 'W', '@hbase_perf'
> Mike creates two tables "table20" and "table50" in the above workspace.
>       whoami: mike
>       hbase shell >> create 'hbase_perf.table20', 'family1'
>       hbase shell >> create 'hbase_perf.table50', 'family1'
>       Note: As Mike was able to create tables 'hbase_perf.table20', 'hbase_perf.table50',
he becomes the owner of those tables. 
>       This means he has "RWXCA" perms on those tables.
> Another team member of Mike, Alice wants also to share the same workspace "hbase_perf".
HBase admin grants Alice also permission to create tables in "hbase_perf" namespace.
>       whoami: hbase
>       hbase shell >> grant 'alice', 'W', '@hbase_perf'
> Now Alice can create new tables under "hbase_perf" namespace, but cannot read,write,alter,delete
existing tables in the namespace.
>       whoami: alice
>       hbase shell >> namespace_list_tables 'hbase_perf'
>                      hbase_perf.table20
>                      hbase_perf.table50
>       hbase shell >> scan 'hbase_perf.table20'
>                      AccessDeniedException  
> If Alice wants to read or write to existing tables in the "hbase_perf" namespace, hbase
admins need to explicitly grant permission.
>       whoami: hbase
>       hbase shell >> grant 'alice', 'RW', 'hbase_perf.table20'
>       hbase shell >> grant 'alice', 'RW', 'hbase_perf.table50'

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