On 01/21/2014 04:19 PM, Heikki Linnakangas wrote: > On 01/21/2014 07:22 AM, Harold Giménez wrote: >> First of all, I apologize for submitting a patch and missing the >> commitfest >> deadline. Given the size of the patch, I thought I'd submit it for your >> consideration regardless. >> >> This patch prevents non-superusers from viewing other user's >> pg_stat_activity.application_name. This topic was discussed some time >> ago >>  and consequently application_name was made world readable . >> >> I would like to propose that we hide it instead by reverting to the >> original behavior. There is a very large number of databases on the same >> cluster shared across different users who can easily view each other's >> application_name values. Along with that, there are some libraries that >> default application_name to the name of the running process , which >> can >> leak information about what web servers applications are running, queue >> systems, etc. Furthermore leaking application names in a multi-tenant >> environment is more information than an attacker should have access to on >> services like Heroku and other similar providers. > > I don't find these arguments compelling to change it now. It's > well-documented that application_name is visible to everyone. Just don't > put sensitive information there. > > For those users that don't mind advertising application_name, the patch > would be highly inconvenient. For example, the database owner could no > longer see the application_name of other users connected to her database.
It also means that monitoring tools must run as superuser to see information they require, which to me is a total showstopper. If you want control over visibility of application_name, it should be done with a column privilige granted to a system role, or something like that - so the ability to see it can be given to "public" on default (thus not breaking BC) and if it's revoked from "public", given to roles that need to see it. -- Craig Ringer http://www.2ndQuadrant.com/ PostgreSQL Development, 24x7 Support, Training & Services -- Sent via pgsql-hackers mailing list (firstname.lastname@example.org) To make changes to your subscription: http://www.postgresql.org/mailpref/pgsql-hackers