User impersonation#

Trino has to be authenticated when accessing an external service through the connector. Typically it requires passing authentication credentials, which contain information on behalf of what user Trino connects. Such credentials are stored in connector properties file.

Any Trino user accesses the external service as the user configured in the connector properties. This approach has the following downsides:

  • No authorization policies, built-in into this external service, are able to recognize the actual Trino user. As a result any user, who authenticates to Trino and access the data with Trino, has the same permissions and is tracked as the same service user.

  • It is difficult to perform an audit of access of the external service, since every Trino user is seen as the same local user in the external service.

One way of solving this is to impersonate the Trino user as the local user in the external service. With this approach Trino authenticates in the external service using credentials stored in the connector properties file. Once it connects, it informs the external service that any further action in a given session should be performed on behalf of current Trino user. That way a Trino user alice becomes a local user alice in the external service. This requires the user that connects to the external service, which is configured in connector properties file, to be trusted in this system and to be allowed to impersonate other users.

When impersonating Trino users in the external service, Trino itself also requires authentication and proper access control configuration to ensure that users with valid credentials can be authenticated in the external service.

Note that the external service is required to support the impersonation mechanism, and actual details are different depending on the service.

The connectors that support user impersonation as the Trino user are shown in the Starburst connectors overview.

The Hive connector also supports user impersonation when connecting to Hive Metastore or HDFS. However, the Hive connector doesn’t support Trino user to local user translation.

Trino user-to-local user translation#

The same actual user could be represented differently among services. For example, a Trino user alice_in_trino can be represented in an external service as alice_in_external_service. There are two modes of user to local user translation:

  • Rule-based (default)

  • LDAP-based

The translation mode can be specified per-catalog with the auth-to-local.type catalog configuration property.

Rule-based user-to-local user translation#

With rule-based user translation, you create a JSON file for a catalog containing user translation rules that map Trino users to their username in the catalog’s underlying data source.

Specify the path to the user translations file with the auth-to-local.config-file catalog configuration property:

auth-to-local.config-file=etc/auth-to-local-rules.json

The config file is specified in JSON format, and contains the rules defining how Trino users are represented in the external service.

Refreshing translation rules#

By default, when a change is made to the user translations file, Trino must be restarted to load the changes. You can optionally configure the auth-to-local.refresh-period catalog configuration properties in the catalog properties file to refresh the translation rules without requiring a Trino restart:

auth-to-local.refresh-period=10m

User translation rules#

These rules control the Trino user name translation to the external service local user name. The local user is calculated by the first matching rule read from top to bottom. If no rule matches, an error is raised. Each rule is composed of the following fields:

  • match (optional): determines if local user should be calculated from Trino user name (USER) or principal (PRINCIPAL). Defaults to USER.

  • pattern (required): regex to match against the value pointed with match.

  • substitution (optional): local user replacement for Trino user.

  • case (optional): determines if result local user should be lowercased (LOWER), upper cassed (UPPER) or case should remain (KEEP). Defaults to KEEP.

For example, if you want to impersonate Trino user alice to access the external system as user alice_in_the_external_system and bob as charlie, you can use the following rules:

{
  "rules": [
    {
      "match": "USER",
      "pattern": "alice",
      "substitution": "alice_in_the_external_system"
    },
    {
      "match": "USER",
      "pattern": "bob",
      "substitution": "charlie"
    }
  ]
}

If you want to impersonate Trino users with principals alice/hr@company.com and charlie/eng@company.com to access the external system as users HR_ALICE and ENG_CHARLIE accordingly, but Trino principals bob/marketing@company.com and danny/marketing@company.com to use marketing_acount, you can use the following rules:

{
  "rules": [
    {
      "match": "PRINCIPAL",
      "pattern": "[^/]+/marketing@company.com",
      "substitution": "marketing_acount"
    },
    {
      "match": "PRINCIPAL",
      "pattern": "([^/]+)/(.+)@company.com",
      "case": "UPPER",
      "substitution": "$2_1"
    }
  ]
}

LDAP-based user-to-local user translation#

With LDAP-based user translation, the catalog can connect to an LDAP server for information on how the Trino user maps to the external service. If configured for a catalog, Trino connects to the LDAP server and searches for a match against the current user. A successful match is cached in Trino for an amount of time defined in the auth-to-local.cache-ttl catalog configuration property.

To enable LDAP-based user translation for a catalog, configure the following catalog configuration properties:

Property name

Description

ldap.url

URL of the LDAP server. The URL scheme must be ldap:// or ldaps://. Connecting to an LDAP server without TLS enabled requires ldap.allow-insecure to be set to true.

ldap.allow-insecure

Allow connection to an LDAP server that is not secured with TLS.

ldap.ssl.keystore.path

Path to the PEM or JKS key store.

ldap.ssl.keystore.password

Password for the key store.

ldap.ssl.truststore.path

Path to the PEM or JKS trust store.

ldap.ssl.truststore.password

Password for the trust store.

ldap.ignore-referrals

If set to true, ignores referrals from the LDAP server to instead only search for a user match within one LDAP server.

ldap.timeout.connect

Timeout for establishing a connection.

ldap.timeout.read

Timeout for reading data from the LDAP service.

auth-to-local.ldap.bind-dn

Distinguished name for the user bind. For example: CN=User Name,OU=CITY_OU,OU=STATE_OU,DC=domain,DC=domain_root.

auth-to-local.ldap.bind-password

Password used for the user bind. For example: password1234.

auth-to-local.ldap.user-base-dn

Base distinguished name of the user. For example: dc=example,dc=com.

auth-to-local.ldap.user-search-filter

Custom user search query on the LDAP service. For example: (&(objectClass=inetOrgPerson)(uid=${USER})).

auth-to-local.ldap.attribute

Attribute to be used for user mapping.

auth-to-local.cache-ttl

Determines how long user mapping information is cached.

Username case sensitivity#

User impersonation is case-sensitive by default. As a result, when the Trino user name and identity provider token subjects are in different letter cases, user impersonation may fail or trigger an unwanted mapping rule.

Set the http-server.impersonation.case-sensitive property in config.properties to false, to disable username case sensitivity:

http-server.impersonation.case-sensitive=false