This page describes an older version of the product. The latest stable version is 16.4.


There are four categories of user authorities. These categories allow the flexibility of securing the different components of GigaSpaces. “Authority” refers to an abstraction given to a set of privileges of the same category. A “Privilege” (permission) is a granted right to perform an operation/action on a resource. For example, a user may have a Grid Authority of type Provision PU, which allows it to deploy and un-deploy in the Grid.

System Authority

The System Authority consists of two privileges and defines the distinction between a user who is allowed to define roles and a user which is only allowed to assign user’s to predefined roles. In general, one can have both management capabilities, but in some organizations this separation may be required.

Manage Roles Define roles (a set of privileges assigned to a logical role name)
Manage Users Assign users to pre-defined roles, or assign user-specific privileges

Grid Authority

The Grid Authority consists of privileges for managing the Grid and its Services (GSMs, GSCs, Processing Units).

Provision PU Deploy, Un-deploy of processing units
Manage PU Scale up/down, Relocate, Restart PU instance, Destroy PU instance
Manage Grid Start, Terminate, Restart of GSC/GSM/LUS via GSA

In distributed systems, it may be confusing as to which service is performing the authorization. The GSM is responsible for deploying, un-deploying, scaling, relocating, restarting and destroying of processing units. The GSA (if available) is responsible for starting, terminating restarting of GSC/GSM/LUS. The GSC on the other hand, mainly delegates the calls to the managing GSM (e.g. relocate).


When deploying an elastic processing unit, the Provision PU privilege is not enough - Manage PU and Manage Grid are required as well, since an elastic PU requires scaling and grid management.

Space Authority

The Space Authority consists of privileges for operation on space (stored) data. The operations are divided into five groups of interest.

Write Write and Update operations
Create Write only (no Updates) operations
Read Read, Count and Notify operations
Take Take and Clear operations
Alter Register type descriptor, Clean and Drop-Class operations
Execute Execute tasks

When you grant a privilege you are allowing the user to perform the operation on the space. If you wish to restrict the operation to certain classes, a ‘Class-Filter’ may be defined.

Restricting of privileges

A ‘Class-Filter’ allows or denies operations on certain classes based on their fully qualified name, package name, or wild-card manipulation. For example, you may define a user with Read privileges for Class, Write privileges for Package\* and Take privileges for a match of com.gigaspaces.sickdays*. You may also define a user which is denied of reading com.gigaspaces.salary.*.

Class-Filter matching using Hierarchy

When performing a matching operation (e.g. space read), a template is supplied. Matches can be returned also from subclasses of this template. Take for example, the following hierarchy:

  • Shape
    • Circle
    • Rectangle
      • Square
    • Triangle

When we read using a Shape template, a Shape, Circle, Rectangle, Triangle and even Square are part of the result set. But if we read using a Rectangle template, only it and its subclass Square are part of a result set.

This should be considered when you allow a Class-Filter for matching operations (Read, Take, Alter).

But, when you deny a Class more caution should be taken. If you deny a Rectangle Class from being read it means you can’t perform read with this class. But it does not mean you cannot perform read with Square. Moreover, it does not mean that Rectangle won’t be returned in the result set when performing read with Shape. If your packages are flexible you can deny using wildcard matching or package matching. Otherwise you need to deny all classes in the hierarchy.

Monitor Authority

The Monitor Authority consists of privileges for monitoring the Grid and its Processing Units. Note that the monitoring is secured only by the ‘tooling’ (CLI/UI).

Monitor JVM Monitoring of JVM statistics
Monitor PU Monitoring of Processing Units (classes, connections, statistics, etc.)