I have an interesting problem... I'm running postgres 6.4.2 on a linux
2.2.6 system. 64mg ram, 130mg swap.
I have a distributed network system here. I have some people who are
not local that need the root password to the system. Access97 is
favored here so I thought I'd create a table with the password and
limit the access to only to those people. The idea is these and only
these people can see what the root password is without having to page
I installed the postgres odbc driver on 1 nt machine and the rest are
win95 machines. The driver was installed to prompt for the username
and password. I did take out the read only flags. There are other
tables these people have access to and need to be able to edit.
The main Access97 database is stored on a novell system a couple of
floors away. That database is called WebAdmin. I linked the root table
between the linux server and the WebAmin.mdb file stored on the Novell
drive. I did not link the tables as root. I linked them as user1. Each
of the people involved can see the tables. So far so good.
The problem is I created the table as root on the linux server. I
limited the perms to SELECT for the people involved. Yet, we found out
the people can do INSERT,UPDATE, and DELETE queries.
I had thought since I was logged on as user1 and then su'd to root
that the server attached my real user id and the root uid, to the
table. This does not seem to be the case. My www user cannot access
tables not assigned to it.
I created the WebAdmin.mdb file from my NT box using my user1 name and
password. Access97 tends to keep things stored in the system tables
that allows a networked office to share the same information. As long
as the DSN is the same for all the computers Access97 will let all the
users see the same stuff. I thought perhaps Access97 was trapping my
user1 name and password in the system tables but I did not find them.
The DSN connection does not show my username and password.
Another factor is I can log on to the linux system as anyone of the
users and *still* change the data in the user table. This argues for
the hba not being set up right. But the server will not accept IDENT
in the auth portion. When they are on the linux server I want the
postgres server to use the users actual uid assigned in the passwd
If these people can alter the root table unimpeded then there's a good
possibility some novell admin can do the same. In short, I'm being
Attached is the root.sql file used to create the table and the
restrictions I set on it. When I created this table I was su'd to
root. I was not the postgres user. Is it possible I didn't set up the
perms right? I've also included a portion of the hba table. Any ideas?
-- Y2K Project Postgres SQL Server Data Dictionary
-- Created by Robert Hiltibidal
DROP TABLE root;
CREATE TABLE root (
password varchar (10),
recnum varchar (5)
GRANT SELECT on root to user1;
GRANT SELECT on root to user2;
GRANT SELECT on root to user3;
GRANT SELECT on root to user4;
GRANT SELECT on root to user5;
GRANT SELECT on root to user6;
REVOKE INSERT,UPDATE,DELETE on root from user2;
REVOKE INSERT,UPDATE,DELETE on root from user3;
REVOKE INSERT,UPDATE,DELETE on root from user4;
REVOKE INSERT,UPDATE,DELETE on root from user5;
REVOKE INSERT,UPDATE,DELETE on root from user6;
REVOKE INSERT,UPDATE,DELETE on root from user1;
local all trust
host all 0.0.0.0 0.0.0.0 password
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