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implicit GRANT EXECUTE to SYSMON authority for all monitor routines(RIMS)

Customer has to grant the EXECUTE privilege on the monitoring functions to a user who already has the SYSMON authority. They would expect that a user of the SYSMON_GROUP holds this privilege implicitly. This looks like a restriction to the monitoring users. The main issue here is that SYSMON is an instance level authority and that the routines are considered for database level authority. SYSMON authority will only apply to the 'legacy monitoring infrastructure' which is SNAPSHOT based because the snapshot API makes use of an INSTANCE ATTACH rather than a database connection. This is why SYSMON is an Instance level authority rather than a database authority. The monitor routines makes no use of the snapshot infrastructure and relies on database connections. SQLADM is a database level authority rather than an instance authority. The current design of the monitoring routine infrastructure is therefore not sensitive to SYSMON authority. As the customer understood the 'legacy snapshot infrastructure' is not 'the future'. But he doesn't understand the benefit of a SYSMON group when it's necessary to grant explicit SQLADM rights only for monitoring in every database of a company. If a user is member of the SYSMON group he wants to monitor everything. If the customer wants to implement a monitoring software he must now grant SQLADM to a monitoring userid in maybe hundreds of databases! Also there is a 'risk' with SQLADM: If someone has SQLADM he is allowed to start an offline reorg with ALLOW NO ACCESS against a production system which can mean that this system stands still maybe for hours. So please implicitly GRANT EXECUTE to SYSMON authority for all monitor routines.
  • Guest
  • Jan 3 2019
  • Future consideration
Idea Priority Medium
Client Name GENERALI IT SOLUTIONS GMB

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