Altova FlowForce Server 2023 Advanced Edition

Security Concepts

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FlowForce Server uses a role-based user access control mechanism configurable according to the needs and structure of your organization or business model. For example, you can organize and package jobs and credentials into special data containers that require access rights in order to be viewed or modified. Only users with corresponding access rights would then be able to access data inside the container.



As the name of the term implies, a container is data packaged together. In FlowForce Server, containers can be roughly compared to folders on an operating system. Containers can contain any of the following: jobs, credentials, functions, and other containers. By setting permissions on containers, you can control who can view or access the data inside them. Organizing data into containers and setting up the relevant permissions for each container is a good security practice.



Users are persons who log on to FlowForce Server to configure jobs, deploy MapForce or StyleVision transformations, or manage the FlowForce Server. The actions available to users in FlowForce Server depend on the following:

a) Their assigned permissions or privileges

b) The permissions and privileges assigned to any roles that users are members of.



Roles are named sets of privileges that help enforce security based on the business need. The typical role-based security involves at least two roles: an administrator and a standard user. Each role is defined by the privileges granted to that role. For example, administrators can change their own password and that of other users, whereas standard users can change only their own password. You can assign roles to users and revoke roles from users as necessary.



Privileges define what users can do in FlowForce Server (for example, set own password, read users and roles, stop any job, and so on). Privileges are different from permissions in the sense that permissions control user access to containers, whereas privileges are effective globally across FlowForce Server. The following simple rule might help you distinguish quickly between privileges and permissions: privileges are global, permissions are local.


Like permissions, privileges can be assigned both to individual users and to roles. Therefore, when users log on to FlowForce Server, their set of effective privileges is determined by:

a) the privileges they have been assigned directly

b) the privileges assigned to any roles that the user is member of.



Permissions control user access to containers. Like privileges, permissions can be granted both to users and to roles. Therefore, if a user is a part of a role, any permissions granted to the role will automatically apply to the user as well.


By default, permissions set on a container are inherited from the parent container. For example, let's assume that container A has a child container B. Users who have permission to access container A will have by default permission to access container B as well. However, an administrator can redefine the permissions of any user or role at every level of the container hierarchy.


Password policies

FlowForce Servers uses password policies to help administrators manage the complexity of user passwords. A password policy is a set of minimum requirements that a user password must meet in order to be valid (for example, at least N characters long).

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