* Dave Page (dp...@pgadmin.org) wrote:
> OK, so before I start hacking again, here's a proposal based on my
> understanding of folks comments, and so open questions. If I can get
> agreement and answers, I'll be able to break out vi again without
> (hopefully) too many more revisions:
> pg_read_all_stats: Will have C-coded access to pg_stats views and
> pg_*_size that are currently hard-coded to superuser

Not quite sure what you mean here by 'C-coded access to pg_stats
*views*', but I'm guessing that isn't exactly what you meant since I'm
sure we aren't going to change how view permissions are done in this
patch.  I take it you mean access to the functions under the views?  If
so, I believe this is correct.

> pg_read_all_settings: Will have C-coded access to read GUCs that are
> currently hard-coded to the superuser


> pg_monitor: Will include pg_read_all_stats and pg_read_all_settings,
> and all explicitly GRANTable rights, e.g. in contrib modules.


> Patch to be rebased on Simon's updated version.


> Questions:
> - pg_stat_statements has a hard-coded superuser check. Shall I remove
> that, and include REVOKE ALL FROM ALL and then GRANT to pg_monitor?

pg_stat_statements shouldn't have ever had that superuser check and it
shouldn't have ever used '==' for the user check, it should have been
using 'has_privs_of_role()' from the start, which means that the
superuser check isn't necessary.

I don't think we should remove that check, nor should we REVOKE EXECUTE
from public for the function.  We *should* add a hard-coded role check
to allow another role which isn't a member of the role whose query it is
to view the query.  That shouldn't be pg_monitor, of course (as
discussed).  I don't think pg_read_all_stats or pg_read_all_settings
really covers this case either- this is more like pg_read_all_queries
and should also be used for pg_stat_activity.

That would then be granted to pg_monitor.

> - pgrowlocks has hard-coded access to superuser and users with SELECT
> on the table being examined. How should this be handled?

I don't see any hard-coded superuser check?  There is a
pg_class_aclcheck() for SELECT rights on the table.  I like the idea of
having another way to grant access to run this function on a table
besides giving SELECT rights on the entire table to the user.  This
would fall under the mandate of the role described in your next bullet,
in my view.

> - Stephen suggested a separate role for functions that can lock
> tables. Is this still desired, or shall we just grant access to
> pg_monitor (I think the latter is fine)?

Right, I was thinking something like pg_stat_all_tables or
pg_stat_scan_tables or similar.  We would add that (perhaps also with a
SELECT check like pgrowlocks has) for the other functions like
pgstattuple and pg_freespacemap and pg_visibility.

> - Based on Peter's concerns, is pg_read_all_stats the right name?
> Maybe pg_read_monitoring_stats?

I'd rather not get too wrapped up in the naming..  The documentation is
the important part here, imv.



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