Gary Poster wrote:
We need to be able to iterate over the members of a group, given a
group id. With the interfaces in zope.security, the only way to do
this is to iterate over all principals known to the system, check their
`groups` attribute, and if the group id is in the list then include
it. This is obviously problematic.
If we constrain ourselves to the pluggable authentication utility in
zope.app.authentication, we have some help, but it is pretty
inconvenient and conceivably problematic. The following (untested
sketch of a) approach is a good try for the common case, but won't
handle nested authentication utilities, and relies on an interface not
in an interfaces.py:
from zope import component
from zope.app.authentication import interfaces
group_id = 'foo'
auth = component.getUtility(interfaces.IPluggableAuthentication)
for name in auth.authenticatorPlugins:
plugin = component.queryUtility(
interfaces.IAuthenticatorPlugin, name, context=auth)
principals = plugin.getPrincipalsForGroup(group_id)
raise RuntimeError('Not Found')
Or something like that. As I said, this doesn't even handle some of
the more complex cases. Whew!
Add a new interface to zope.security.interfaces:
members = interface.Attribute('an iterable of members of the group')
Then make the groups that the zope.app.authentication.groupfolder
plugin generates implement the new interface.
I think I'm for it, but in some cases even though groups may be able to
list all their members it may (if they're dynamically computed) turn out
to be a huge list. I guess in that case you could simply not advertise
that the group implements the interface.
Florent Guillaume, Nuxeo (Paris, France) Director of R&D
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