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From Ethan Jewett <>
Subject Re: Superuser column in table users
Date Mon, 21 Dec 2009 12:52:12 GMT
On (1): I haven't looked at the Lift role model, but obviously I need
to do that. Anyone know a good book on the topic? ;-)

On (2): It might not be a bad idea to run the entire authorization
model off of pools. Some food for thought: Why not just have a whole
namespace of pools that is locked to LDAP authorization groups? Why
not manage ESME authorizations (when we actually have some) through
the pools? We could have it be a configuration property to specify the
pool associated with the admin role and privileges. If the deployment
setup warranted, the admin role could be mapped to a pool created
based on an LDAP authorization group.

On the other hand, my thoughts on (2) might be a really bad idea.
Authorization models are not my area. I'm much more up to speed on the
authentication side.


On Sun, Dec 20, 2009 at 6:18 AM, Richard Hirsch <> wrote:
> There are two points that we have to consider:
> 1) there is also a role model that is present in lift
> 2) how would we integrate the idea of authorization groups if we had
> access to ldap (my favored solution)
> ( - although here
> the problem may the association with MegaProtoUser
> The use of the superuser is probably the easiest way to get started
> with such an api but the two other means above are probably  better in
> the long-term.
> By the way, if we had a ldap solution, then we might have to rethink
> our pool administration, but first things first. ...
> D.
> On Sat, Dec 19, 2009 at 8:08 PM, Ethan Jewett <> wrote:
>> Sounds ideal as long as someone familiar with the user model (not me
>> :-) can confirm that this column is being used in this manner.
>> If it's not being used at all at the moment, then I could start
>> building admin functions on top of it, but we'll find ourselves in a
>> situation in which you can do things through the API that you can't do
>> through the ui.
>> There are also the questions of how the first super-user is added and
>> whether we want more granular access controls around administrative
>> functions. The later is probably a question for the future.
>> Ethan
>> On Saturday, December 19, 2009, Richard Hirsch <> wrote:
>>> Just saw the column "superuser" in the "users" table.
>>> Maybe this could be used to determine if user have special rights
>>> during administrative functions for our APIs.
>>> D.

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