Tip: View document permissions in MarkLogic

MarkLogic is uber secure. So secure it doesn’t let you see role names when viewing document permissions. This tip shows you how to resolve this foible…

Using xdmp:document-get-permissions($uri) you can fetch a document’s permissions – this lists the role IDs and actions (read, update, execute) that this role has.

Role IDs are unsignedLong’s though – not the human role name. Using the sec:get-role-names() call you can get the role name – but this must be a call against the security database – not the content or other database.

You can get around this though by invoking the sec function against the security database using xdmp:invoke-function. Below is the code:-

xquery version "1.0-ml";
declare namespace l = "local";
import module namespace sec = "http://marklogic.com/xdmp/security" at "/MarkLogic/security.xqy";
declare private function l:getperm($roleid) {
 xdmp:invoke-function(
   function() {
     sec:get-role-names($roleid)
   },
 <options xmlns="xdmp:eval">
   <database>{xdmp:security-database()}</database>
   <transaction-mode>update-auto-commit</transaction-mode>
   <isolation>different-transaction</isolation>
 </options>
 )
};
for $perm in xdmp:document-get-permissions("http://marklogic.com/cpf/domains/18444233322793156516.xml")
return
 (l:getperm(xs:unsignedLong($perm/sec:role-id)) || "=" || xs:string($perm/sec:capability))

Using the above method you can write XQuery (or indeed Server-side JavaScript) that is executed in the context of another database. Much better and more secure than eval()-ing code – and not prone to XQuery-injection attacks.

The above code returns things like this:-

domain-management=read
domain-management=update
trigger-management=read
trigger-management=read

Much nicer to read!

In the above example I’m looking at Domain document privileges (I shalln’t bore you with why), but you could look at a normal content document, or indeed anything stored within MarkLogic.

Happy Coding!

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