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Re: How to get SE-PostgreSQL acceptable

From: Ron Mayer <rm_pg(at)cheapcomplexdevices(dot)com>
To: Stephen Frost <sfrost(at)snowman(dot)net>
Cc: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>, Joshua Brindle <method(at)manicmethod(dot)com>, KaiGai Kohei <kaigai(at)kaigai(dot)gr(dot)jp>, Peter Eisentraut <peter_e(at)gmx(dot)net>, KaiGai Kohei <kaigai(at)ak(dot)jp(dot)nec(dot)com>, PG Hackers <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: How to get SE-PostgreSQL acceptable
Date: 2009-01-28 22:25:20
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Stephen Frost wrote:
> And, just to go full circle, row-level access controls are exactly what
> the other enterprise RDBMSs have and is what is used in these security
> circles today.  One of the major issues, as I understand it, is to be
> able to use stock applications with multiple security levels where the
> application doesn't know (or care about) the security level.  Doing that
> through views and partitions and triggers and whatnot for each and every
> application that is run on these systems will be a big hurdle to those
> users, if it ends up being workable at all.

That seems to me to be a shortcoming of the partition system and a good
TODO for the future partitioning improvements.

Why shouldn't be just as easy to make sure a row ends up in the
right partition as opposed to making sure it's tagged with right
row-level ACLs.

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