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Re: authz's inverted group access rules are only effective for users mentioned in authz

From: Branko Čibej <brane_at_apache.org>
Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2018 10:41:58 +0100

On 26.11.2018 18:32, Pavel Goran wrote:
> Hello mailing list,
> I'm migrating a repository from an ancient Subversion installation:
> svn, version 1.6.17 (r1128011)
> compiled Jun 2 2011, 23:35:08
> (on Windows)
> to a recent version:
> svn, version 1.11.0 (r1845130)
> compiled Oct 29 2018, 14:33:24 on x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu
> (on NixOS Linux)
> And I'm encountering a regression in handling of the authz file by svnserve.
> Steps to reproduce:

> # svnserve -r /data/svn -d
> # svn --username myuser --password mypassword --no-auth-cache ls svn://localhost/myrepo
> svn: E170001: Authorization failed
> The user "myuser" is not included in group "readonly", so I expect the rule
> "~@readonly = rw" to take effect, but apparently this doesn't happen.
> This setup worked fine in the old installation (version 1.6.17). Also, it
> starts working if I add the user "myuser" to any other group:
> # in authz, [groups] section
> unrelatedgroup = myuser
> or use it in any access rule (even if the rule specifies no access):
> # in authz, [/] section
> myuser =
> I looked at the sources (subversion/libsvn_repos/authz_parse.c), and my
> guess is that this behaviour results from not setting up user's rights with
> a call to prepare_global_rights(). When a user is mentioned in authz, this
> function gets called, and authorization starts working for the user.
> Possibly correction of this problem could involve adding the new field
> "unkn_rights" (and "has_unkn_rights") to struct authz_full_t, so that this
> field would receive access rights from all inverted user-related access
> rules (~user, ~&alias, ~@group). Then, svn_authz__get_global_rights() would
> combine authz->has_unkn_rights with authz->has_authn_rights (instead of just
> returning authz->has_authn_rights) when user_rights is NULL.
> Pavel Goran
> P.S. I'm not subscribed to the mailing list; please CC me directly when
> replying.

Thanks for the detailed report! Yes, this is indeed a bug. I see that
you've taken time to analyse the code; could you prepare a patch with
the fix you propose?

Also can you please create an issue in Jira:

-- Brane
Received on 2018-11-27 10:42:12 CET

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