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OMI - Authorization

1995 Version of ANSI (Equivalent to Current ISO Version) of Standard

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B.3 Authorization

Most database management systems provide authorization, the determination that the user has authority for the requested operation on a database. The system performs the function if authorized and returns an error to the application program if not.

A survey of MUMPS implementations revealed a wide variety of authorization methods. In most – but not all – only one user gets a user ID and several users share a group ID. Each database item is associated with a user ID and a group ID. (The association may be with the file that holds the globals, the globals themselves, or parts of globals). Different privileges for different operations then derive from matches of the user ID and group ID.

Most of the surveyed implementations perform authorization on the server node, where the necessary information is stored. At least one, however, performs all authorization on the client node by consulting a list of authorized globals for each user and sending only authorized requests to the server.

Finding no method subsuming both cases, the designers chose authorization on the server (described in 4.5.5), recognizing the additional implementation cost for those who presently perform authorization on the client.

Vendors may wish to let their servers recognize a "super-user" ID, given all privileges, for sessions with clients that send only authorized requests.

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