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SQL Anywhere 11.0.1 » SQL Anywhere Server - Database Administration » Configuring Your Database » Managing user IDs, authorities, and permissions » Using views and procedures for extra security

 

Using views for tailored security

Views are computed tables that contain a selection of rows and columns from base tables. Views are useful for security when it is appropriate to give a user access to just one portion of a table. The portion can be defined in terms of rows or in terms of columns. For example, you may want to disallow a group of users from seeing the Salary column of an employee table, or you may want to limit a user to see only the rows of a table they have created.

Example 1

The Sales manager needs access to information in the database concerning employees in the department. However, there is no reason for the manager to have access to information about employees in other departments.

This example describes how to create a user ID for the sales manager, create views that provide the information she needs, and grant the appropriate permissions to the sales manager user ID.

  1. Create the new user ID using the GRANT statement. While logged in as a user with DBA authority, execute the following statements:

    CONNECT DBA
    IDENTIFIED by sql;
    
    CREATE USER SalesManager
    IDENTIFIED BY sales;
  2. Define a view that only looks at sales employees as follows:

    CREATE VIEW EmployeeSales AS
      SELECT EmployeeID, GivenName, Surname
      FROM Employees
      WHERE DepartmentID = 200;

    The table reference could be qualified with the owner to avoid an ambiguous reference to an identically named table.

  3. Give SalesManager permission to look at the view:

    GRANT SELECT
    ON EmployeeSales
    TO SalesManager;

    You use exactly the same command to grant permission on views and on tables.

Example 2

The next example creates a view which allows the Sales Manager to look at a summary of sales orders. This view requires information from more than one table for its definition:

  1. Create the view.

    CREATE VIEW OrderSummary AS
      SELECT OrderDate, Region, SalesRepresentative, CompanyName
      FROM SalesOrders
        KEY JOIN Customers;
  2. Grant permission for the Sales Manager to examine this view.

    GRANT SELECT
    ON OrderSummary
    TO SalesManager;
  3. To check that the process has worked properly, connect to the SalesManager user ID and look at the views you created:

    CONNECT SalesManager
    IDENTIFIED BY sales;
    SELECT *
    FROM DBA.EmployeeSales;
    SELECT *
    FROM DBA.OrderSummary;

No permissions have been granted to the Sales Manager to look at the underlying tables. The following commands produce permission errors.

SELECT * FROM GROUPO.Employees;
SELECT * FROM GROUPO.SalesOrders;
Other permissions on views

The previous example shows how to use views to tailor SELECT permissions. You can grant INSERT, DELETE, and UPDATE permissions on views in the same way.