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Status Future consideration
Workspace Informix
Components Informix Server
Created by Guest
Created on May 13, 2013

Provide more granular database-level privileges than just CONNECT, RESOURCE and DBA

We have a requirement to support a code deployment role where a user, whose job role is not a DBA, can release code into a given database.

The type of things they would be doing is:
* Creating and dropping procedures, synonyms, triggers, indices and constraints.
* Creating, dropping and altering tables.
* Updating data either directly or by calling stored procedures.

The requirement is that these users would create all these objects in the schema of the application owner and not their own schema.

Currently granting the DBA privilege in a database is the only way to achieve this.

However, the DBA privilege gives these users more access than we'd like. There are some tables we might not want them to select data from and we would not want them to run certain commands like 'alter fragment' or be able to grant privileges.

In Oracle they have created individual system privileges for all actions such as "select any table", "execute any procedure" and "create any synonym". The privileges CONNECT, RESOURCE and DBA are now roles made up of these individual privileges and maintain compatibility with the standards.

I don't expect that any Informix implementation should copy Oracle but I think more fine-grained privileges are needed in a world where there are more audits and compliance criteria than ever before (PCI-DSS and so on).