I have Python code that I use outside of Zope, and inside Zope via 
external methods. This code uses database adapters (anything version 
1 or later).

When my code is used within Zope, I have in the past had two database 
connections from within the Zope process. One connection is the actual 
Zope DA (I'm using gvib) and the other is a python db connection.

This has worked okay on Windows, but I'm getting strange lockup 
problems after moving to Linux.

In any case, it seems to me the better way to do this would be to allow 
external methods to get  db-like access to a zope DA.

Most Zope DA's are built in db-sig type db connectors, so it seems like 
a relatively simple matter to define a new interface for Zope DA's to 
make available that supports execute semantics.

The big issue in my mind is determining what kind of security needs to 
be applied to such a function, and how that security would be 

I suppose stealing roles/rights from SQL_Methods for use here makes 
sense. If you can call an SQL method, you can call execute() directly.

Is there any support from the Zope community to add execute() like 
operations to Zope DA's?

If yes, where should I start in figuring out security for this.

And finally, how does an external method pass security information 
"back" to the DA?

For example, I tried passing my Gvib instance to an external method. 
But when that method called  the gvib instance to get a connection 
instance, it got a "no __call__ method" error.

So then I tried passing the connection from dtml,
<dtml-var "MyMethod(db=MyInterbaseConnection())">

but when MyMethod calls db.cursor() it gets a security error. Probably 
because this function isn't exposed by the security machinery.

(same thing probably for the __call__ error)

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