Setting up access control lists

Several sources of information about setting up HDFS ACLS plus a brief Ranger overview and pointer to Ranger information prepare you to set up Hive authorization.

In CDP, HDFS supports POSIX ACLs (Access Control Lists) to assign permissions to users and groups. In lieu of Ranger policies, you use HDFS ACLs to check and make any necessary changes in HDFS permission changes. For more information, see HDFS ACLs, Apache Software Foundation HDFS Permissions Guide, and HDFS ACL Permissions.

In Ranger, you give multiple groups and users specific permissions based on your use case. You apply permissions to a directory tree instead of dealing with individual files. For more information, see Authorizing Apache Hive Access.

If possible, you should use Ranger policies over HDFS ACLs to control HDFS access. Controlling HDFS access through Ranger provides a single unified interface for understanding and managing your overall governance framework and policy design. If you need to mimic the legacy Sentry HDFS ACL Sync behavior for Hive and Impala tables, consider using Ranger RMS.