On 4/17/06, Dieter Maurer <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> Alec Mitchell wrote at 2006-4-16 12:28 -0700:
> > ...
> >It seems that the way OFS.Traversable.restrictedTraverse() handles
> >security checking on objects with __bobo_traverse__ methods is
> >considerably different from the way it normally checks security.  The
> >result is that traversal cannot obtain attributes using acquisition
> >from objects that are marked <five:traversable>.  In the normal case,
> >security is checked using guarded_getattr, which gets an attribute and
> >checks the permissions on the retrieved object in its original
> >context.  For __bobo_traverse__methods which return simple properties
> >(say strings), it is impossible to determine the container from which
> >the returned attribute originates, so unless the attribute was not
> >acquired, an Unauthorized error will always be raised.
> > ...
> >However, IMHO fixing this makes sense for Zope itself,
> >provided there aren't any undesirable consequences.  I propose that if
> >the validation of a __bobo_traverse result raises Unauthorized, that
> >we make one last check to see if the result o 'guarded_getattr(obj,
> >name)' is identical to the result of the __bobo_traverse__ call and
> >allow it if that's the case.  Here is my proposed patch against Zope
> >2.9 trunk:
>
> In our local Zope version, I implemented a solution that is
> (in my opinion) superior:
>
>   Define an exception "UseTraversalDefault" that can be
>   used by "__bobo_traverse__" to tell the traversal process
>   (either URL traversal in the publisher or restricted/unrestricted/CMF
>   traversal) to use the default lookup.
>
> One big advantage is that e.g.
> "Archetypes.BaseObject.BaseObject.__bobo_traverse__" no longer
> need this horrible dance to decide whether it should or must
> not create a "NullResource".

Yes, it does sound like a better solution.  However, the issue I see
with it is that it is essentially adding new functionality, rather
than fixing a problem with the existing behavior.  That would seem to
make it a much less likely candidate for getting into zope 2.8.7
(which is important IMHO), despite the fact that it is a bit more
elegant.  In fact, I would say that even with this clever exception
handling, there may still be cases where one wants to return an
acquired attribute directly from a __bobo_traverse__, without simply
falling back on the default behavior (say if one wants to limit the
acquirable names or some other silly thing).  So the two solutions can
coexist peacefully; though the exception based solution is likely to
allow a lot of nice simplifications to some of the hacky
__bobo_traverses__ out there.

Alec
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