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From Lefty Leverenz <>
Subject Re: Who is the hive admin user?
Date Fri, 10 May 2013 19:20:52 GMT
Hive 0.10's metastore server security is documented in the revised
Authorization wiki, which your link didn't go to because the name had been
changed from "auth" to "Authorization" (sorry about that):

The jira is HIVE-3705 <>.

– Lefty

On Fri, May 10, 2013 at 8:24 AM, Owen O'Malley <> wrote:

> Unfortunately, the roles in Hive are advisory only. Effectively everyone
> is an admin who can grant anyone (including themselves) additional
> permissions.
> If you need security, the best option is to protect the HDFS directories
> that the data is stored in. Set the HDFS owner, group, and permissions so
> that the users have read/write permission as desired. Don't forget to set
> things at both the database directory and table directory levels.
> Then you need to configure
> with,
> which uses HDFS permissions to control access to databases and tables.
> By setting it up this way, the HDFS permissions will be enforced by the
> NameNode and keep each group from reading each others data. The metastore
> will use the same HDFS permissions to prevent access to the other groups
> databases' metadata.
> Of course, all of this assumes you have Kerberos turned on for your Hadoop
> cluster. It also requires a minimum of Hive 0.10.
> Hope it helps,
>    Owen
> On Fri, May 10, 2013 at 1:19 AM, Austin Chungath <>wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> This seems silly but I couldn't get any reliable information even after a
>> few minutes of googling.
>> If I am creating user roles and groups in hive, which user should I be
>> doing it with?
>> Is there some configuration in hive-site.xml which sets a user as hive
>> admin?
>> Right now I see that any user can create user roles and groups or am I
>> missing something?
>> I am using the following link as reference
>> Thanks,
>> Austin

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