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Restricting user -> database access.

From: "C(dot) Bensend" <benny(at)bennyvision(dot)com>
To: <pgsql-admin(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Restricting user -> database access.
Date: 2001-08-22 00:24:27
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Hey folks,

	I'm sorry to keep bombarding you folks with seemingly
simple questions, but PostgreSQL just doesn't seem to operate
in what _I_ think is a logical fashion (I == sysadmin, not DBA).

The stats:

	* PostgreSQL 7.1.2 server on OpenBSD 2.9
	* PostgreSQL 7.1.2 clients on OpenBSD 2.8

The background:

	I have multiple users on a webserver, that I need
to have psql access to the database machine, for their own
databases only.

The problem:

	I don't see any real way to keep users from connecting
to their own databases via psql, and then using "\c <otherdb>"
to connect to someone else's database.  Sure, they can't do
anything, but it's troubling to be able to use "\d" to list
the otherdb's schema.

The question:

	IS there a way to limit a user's ability to connect
to only THEIR database?  I have tried several methods:

(in pg_hba.conf)
hostssl      bobsdb    a.b.c.d   crypt

This works fine, asks for a password, connects the user, and
then they can "\c otherdb" without any problem.

hostssl      bobsdb    a.b.c.d   ident   sameuser

I enabled identd on the client machine before attempting this.
This also works, does not ask for a password (that is
expected), and then they can "\c otherdb" with no problem.

I have no "trust" relationships in pg_hba.conf, so I don't
think I'm "leaking" permissions anywhere.  I keep thinking
that PostgreSQL is more configurable than this, and that I'm
missing something blindingly simple (since I'm a sysadmin, not
a DBA).  To get this functionality, do I need to bite the
bullet and run a postmaster for each database?  If so, I
will.  I just can't imagine that no one is using PostgreSQL
in a hosting environment and has _not_ run into this.

Any clues, hints, tire irons to the head muchly appreciated,


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