On Mon, Oct 17, 2016 at 11:48 AM, Michael Paquier
<michael.paqu...@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 17, 2016 at 3:33 AM, Jeff Janes <jeff.ja...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> postgres_fdw has some checks to enforce that non-superusers must connect to
>> the foreign server with a password-based method.  The reason for this is to
>> prevent the authentication to the foreign server from happening on the basis
>> of the OS user who is running the non-foreign server.
>> But I think these super user checks should be run against the userid of the
>> USER MAPPING being used for the connection, not the userid of currently
>> logged on user.
> So, if the user mapping user is a superuser locally, this would allow
> any lambda user of the local server to attempt a connection to the
> remote server. It looks dangerous rather dangerous to me to authorize
> that, even if the current behavior is a bit inconsistent I agree.

A lambda user can use a user mapping same as a superuser if a. that
user mapping is public and/or b. it uses a view owned by super user
(RangeTblEntry::checkuser). When a is true but not b, the the user in
UserMapping is set to lambda and not superuser, so this patch is
correct here. If b is true, and lambda is able to access the view, the
superuser has granted it permissions to do so and thus intends to let
lambda use a super user user mapping. Since we trust super users to do
the right thing, I don't see why it's unsafe. Any other objects
accesses by lambda, will use a different user mapping based on the
object being accessed.

Best Wishes,
Ashutosh Bapat
EnterpriseDB Corporation
The Postgres Database Company

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