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Re: Execute access on functions

From: Bruno Wolff III <bruno(at)wolff(dot)to>
To: Kathy Smith <ksmith(at)lanl(dot)gov>
Cc: pgsql-interfaces(at)postgresql(dot)org, clittle(at)lanl(dot)gov
Subject: Re: Execute access on functions
Date: 2005-03-23 20:10:16
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On Wed, Mar 23, 2005 at 12:35:12 -0700,
  Kathy Smith <ksmith(at)lanl(dot)gov> wrote:
> I want to control access (update, delete) to my tables and have done that 
> with other DBMSs using stored procedures.  Besides performance, I believe 
> that's one of the primary advantages of stored procedures.  I grant execute 
> on the procedure to a group containing the users with controlled update 
> access.  Never on the table.  I cannot seem to find the equivalent in 
> postgres.  I had hoped to be able to do this with user-defined functions 
> but the following statement implies that if the SECURITY DEFINER is used, 
> that *anyone* who can get to that function can execute it.  Hardly the 
> solution I am looking for.  The alternative being that I must grant update 
> to the table :(
> The CREATE FUNCTION clause SECURITY DEFINER makes the function run with the 
> privileges of the user who created it. Otherwise, the INVOKER's privileges 
> are used.
> Am I missing something here?  Is there another way?

You can control who can execute the function. By default 'public' can execute
functions, but you can revoke that access.

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