set_user: Understanding Advanced Control Features – Whitelist

For this last post in our set_user series, let's look at how we can limit who is allowed to escalate to superuser at a super granular level. Whitelist By default, the whitelist parameter is set to allow all (*) users with set_user permissions to escalate to superuser. But what if you want to limit these [...]

By | October 11th, 2017|Categories: Holly PostgreSQL|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

set_user: Understanding Logfile Output

As we discussed in our initial blog post on set_user, the Sarbanes–Oxley Act, passed in 2002, requires publicly owned companies to audit a user's (esp. superuser's) access and interactions with data. Companies storing financial or human subject data are particularly susceptible to hacking. What you need is x-ray vision Your audit trail should always include [...]

set_user: Understanding the set_user_u Function

In our last blog post, set_user: Installation and Set-Up, we introduced you to the set_user component, installed the extension in a database, created a new user, and granted it set_user function execution privileges. If you recall, the set_user documentation states the main goal is to: grant the EXECUTE privilege to the set_user() and/or set_user_u() function [...]

By | September 18th, 2017|Categories: Holly PostgreSQL|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

BigSQL Announces Support of pg_hint_plan in Linux

You say Optimizer, I say Planner... But, oh, if we call the whole thing off Then we must part And, oh, if we ever part, then that might break my heart... Are you an Oracle DBA making the transition to PostgreSQL? Are you longing for the good old days when you could override decisions made [...]

By | August 29th, 2017|Categories: Holly PostgreSQL|Tags: , , , , , |7 Comments

PostGIS 2.3.3 is Now Available with BigSQL!

The good folks on the PostGIS development team recently the released of PostGIS 2.3.3: As befits a patch release, the focus is on bugs and breakages. Best served with PostgreSQL 9.6.3+ and pgRouting 2.4.1. See the full list of changes here. And now... the new release is available in the BigSQL distribution! If you haven't [...]

By | July 24th, 2017|Categories: Holly PostGIS, Holly PostgreSQL|Tags: , , , , , , , |4 Comments

Install PostgreSQL 10 Today

Hey, have you heard? PostgreSQL 10 Beta is road ready! Kick the tires and take the cool new features and improvements out for a spin. Highlights include: Declarative Partitioning Logical Replication SCRAM Authentication See the full list of features here. Take the easy route Never used the BigSQL PostgreSQL Distributions before? Follow these 5 easy [...]

By | May 19th, 2017|Categories: Holly PostgreSQL|Tags: , , , , , , , , |2 Comments

Production psql Prompts

I deal with lots of production.  When you're dealing with multiple production machines, it's important to know many things: Who you are What you're connected to Where you are Why you are connected When you are connected Most prompts don't give you any of this detail.  If you're familiar with bash, you probably have heard [...]

By | October 25th, 2016|Categories: Scott PostgreSQL, tip|Tags: , , , |7 Comments

Low Power (and cost) ARM Servers Get Real

Lately I've been fiddling with the new Cubietruck boards. For about $100 you get: Dual Core ARM A20/a7 CPU 2 GB RAM Full connections for 2.5" sata drive Gigabit Ethernet It all runs nicely off of a little 10-watt $10 power supply. Couple this with a $100 2.5" Seagate 1 TB SSHD and you've got [...]

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