[Download-List] Download & Field Security

Rotman, David rotmand at cedarville.edu
Mon Jun 8 08:28:38 EDT 2020

DOWNLOAD does not invoke Envision security, but field-level and file-level
security can be implemented by setting a configuration parameter that
references an appropriate subroutine.

The configuration is set at the Unidata account level by creating a VOC
entry called DOWNLOAD.CONFIG. One line in the VOC entry is used to
implement security:

DOWNLOAD calls this subroutine after the DOWNLOAD command is parsed.  The
following information is passed to the subroutine:
*    actual command that was entered
*    list of files being accessed
*    list of dictionary items being accessed
*    name of output directory (if output is being sent to a file)
*    name of record being written (if output is being sent to a file)
The subroutine needs to return a null string if security is okay or an
error message if the user does not have adequate security clearance.

A sample security subroutine is provided with the DOWNLOAD source code.
The sample subroutine header is:

David Rotman, Ph.D.
*Chief Information Officer Emeritus (Retired)*
Information Technology
*Cedarville University*
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rotmand at cedarville.edu

On Thu, Jun 4, 2020 at 4:47 PM Glasser, David <glasserd at union.edu> wrote:

> Hi,
> If we set up field security (say on the SSN field) using
> the QUERY.PRIVILEGE file, will that prevent users from accessing the field
> via the DOWNLOAD command?
> -David
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