Tom Lane wrote:
"Simon Riggs" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
I'd be much more comfortable if LOCK TABLE caused a message to the log
if it is executed on any system table.

Enabled by "set training_wheels = on", perhaps?

This is really pretty silly to be getting worked up about.  The command
in question wouldn't have been allowed at all except to a superuser,
and there are plenty of ways to catastrophically destroy your database
when you are superuser; most of which we will never consider blocking
for the same reasons that Unix systems have never tried to block root
from doing "rm -rf /".  I'd say the real design flaw in Peter's
referenced application is that they're running it as superuser.

Yeah.. though "lock pg_auth; prepare" looks quite innocent, much more
than say "delete from pg_database" or "rm -rf whatever".
At least to the untrained eye.

I fully agree that that special-casing this particular way to shoot yourself
in the foot is not worth it - but maybe pursuing a more general solution
would be worthwile? Maybe superuser-connections could e.g. ignore
any errors that occur while reading a system table, together with
a big, fat warning, but still allow a logon? That of course depends
on the assumption that basic authentication is possible using just
the information from the flatfiles and pg_hba.conf, which I'm not
sure about.

greetings, Florian Pflug

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