Custom Policies

Custom policies are query interceptors, which are invoked before the Virtual DataPort server executes a query over a view. They are similar to row restrictions with the benefit that can be customized.

When a user queries a view with a custom policy assigned, the policy can take one of the following actions:

  • Reject the query.
  • Accept the query without restrictions.
  • Or, accept the query but imposing restrictions such as limit the rows returned by the query, add a filter condition, etc.

To select one of these actions, custom policies have access to several parameters of the queries’ context to decide how to proceed:

  • The query the user wants to execute
  • The user name and their privileges
  • A JMX connection to the Server that the policy can use to access any Virtual DataPort data via JMX

Custom policies are reusable, which means the following:

  • As they are similar to row restrictions, they are assigned in a similar manner. Therefore, you can assign the same custom policy over several views for a user or a role.
  • They can define configuration parameters. When a policy is assigned to a user or a role over a view, you can customize its behavior with these parameters. Thanks to this, the behavior of a policy can be customized depending on the user or role you assign it to. For example, if you develop a policy to limit the number of queries over a view, which the users of a role can execute at the same time, this number can be a parameter of the policy. That way, you can set a limit when assigning the policy to the role “developer” and another limit to the role “application”.

When a user queries a view and this user has custom policies assigned over this view, the policies are evaluated in the following way:

  • Custom policies are not taken into account when the user executing the query is an administrator or an administrator of the database.
  • If the user does not have any role and she has custom policies assigned over the view, the Server evaluates the policies one by one. If one of the policies rejects the query, the query is rejected.
  • If the user has one or more roles assigned (these roles may have other roles assigned), the evaluation of custom policies is performed in groups. For each role, there is a group formed by the custom policies assigned directly to this role and another group with the custom policies directly assigned to the user. A group rejects a query when at least one of the policies of the group rejects the query. A group accepts a query when all the policies of the group accept the query. The query is accepted if at least one group accepts the query.

For example, let us say that there is a user with two roles: R1 and R2. The user has two policies assigned over the view V: P1 and P2. The role R1 of the user has another two policies assigned over the view V: P3 and P4. The role R2 has another two policies assigned over the view V: P5 and P6.

When the user queries the view V, Virtual DataPort evaluates the policy P1. If P1 accepts the query, it evaluates P2. If P2 also accepts the query, the Server does not evaluate more policies and executes the query.

If P1 rejects the query, the Server does not evaluate the other policies of the user and begins evaluating the policies of the role R1: P3 and P4. If P3 accepts the query, it evaluates P4. If P4 also accepts the query, the Server does not evaluate more policies and executes the query.

If P3 rejects the query, the Server does not evaluate the other policies of the role R1 and begins evaluating the policies of the role R2: P5 and P6. If P5 accepts the query, the Server evaluates P6. If P6 also accepts the query, the Server executes the query.

If P5 rejects the query, the Server does not execute the query.