ADD JAR, ADD FILE, and ADD ARCHIVE Unavailable Using Sentry | Known Issues

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asked Aug 30, 2017 in Hadoop by admin (4,410 points)
SummaryIn a Sentry enabled environment, you cannot use "ADD JAR", "ADD FILE", or "ADD ARCHIVE" clauses. This limitation addresses Security concerns.
Applies To

  • CDH5
  • Sentry

In a Sentry enabled environment, users are not allowed to use "ADD JAR", "ADD FILE", or "ADD ARCHIVE" clauses at all. This limitation is a result of Security concerns.

Example of an error:

0: jdbc:hive2://localhost:10000/default> add file /tmp/test.txt; Error: Insufficient privileges to execute add (state=42000,code=0)


Allowing users to add their own files poses a security threat since users can use given files to inject arbitrary code in the cluster. Such code can be used to circumvent the security provided by Sentry. Hence the "ADD *" is restricted at this point and there is no plan to support it.


For adding JAR files containing Hive UDFs, please refer to our documentation for installation.

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