* Robert Haas (robertmh...@gmail.com) wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 1:59 PM, Andres Freund <and...@2ndquadrant.com> wrote:
> > On 2015-01-26 13:47:02 -0500, Stephen Frost wrote:
> >> Right.  We already have a role attribute which allows pg_basebackup
> >> (replication).  Also, with pg_basebackup / rolreplication, your role
> >> is able to read the entire data directory from the server, that's not
> >> the case with only rights to run pg_start/stop_backup.
> >>
> >> In conjunction with enterprise backup solutions and SANs, which offer
> >> similar controls where a generally unprivileged user can have a snapshot
> >> of the system taken through the SAN interface, you can give users the
> >> ability to run ad-hoc backups of the cluster without giving them
> >> superuser-level access or replication-level access.
> >
> > I'm sorry if this has already been discussed, but the thread is awfully
> > long already. But what's actually the point of having a separate
> > EXCLUSIVEBACKUP permission? Using it still requires full file system
> > access to the data directory, so the additional permissions granted by
> > replication aren't really relevant.
> That's not necessarily true.  You could be able to run a command like
> "san_snapshot $PGDATA" without necessarily having the permissions to
> inspect the contents of the resulting snapshot.  Of course somebody
> should be doing that, but in accord with the principle of least
> privilege, there's no reason that the account running the unattended
> backup needs to have those rights.

Right!  You explained it more clearly than I did.



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