Node access rights

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The node access system determines who can do what to which nodes.

In determining access rights for a node, node_access() first checks whether the user has the "bypass node access" permission. Such users have unrestricted access to all nodes. user 1 will always pass this check.

Next, all implementations of hook_node_access() will be called. Each implementation may explicitly allow, explicitly deny, or ignore the access request. If at least one module says to deny the request, it will be rejected. If no modules deny the request and at least one says to allow it, the request will be permitted.

If all modules ignore the access request, then the node_access table is used to determine access. All node access modules are queried using hook_node_grants() to assemble a list of "grant IDs" for the user. This list is compared against the table. If any row contains the node ID in question (or 0, which stands for "all nodes"), one of the grant IDs returned, and a value of TRUE for the operation in question, then access is granted. Note that this table is a list of grants; any matching row is sufficient to grant access to the node.

In node listings, the process above is followed except that hook_node_access() is not called on each node for performance reasons and for proper functioning of the pager system. When adding a node listing to your module, be sure to use a dynamic query created by db_select() and add a tag of "node_access". This will allow modules dealing with node access to ensure only nodes to which the user has access are retrieved, through the use of hook_query_TAG_alter().

Note: Even a single module returning NODE_ACCESS_DENY from hook_node_access() will block access to the node. Therefore, implementers should take care to not deny access unless they really intend to. Unless a module wishes to actively deny access it should return NODE_ACCESS_IGNORE (or simply return nothing) to allow other modules or the node_access table to control access.

To see how to write a node access module of your own, see node_access_example.module.

Functions & methods

hook_node_accessControl access to a node.
hook_node_access_recordsSet permissions for a node to be written to the database.
hook_node_access_records_alterAlter permissions for a node before it is written to the database.
hook_node_grantsInform the node access system what permissions the user has.
hook_node_grants_alterAlter user access rules when trying to view, edit or delete a node.
node_accessDetermine whether the current user may perform the given operation on the specified node.
node_access_acquire_grantsGets the list of node access grants and writes them to the database.
node_access_grantsFetch an array of permission IDs granted to the given user ID.
node_access_needs_rebuildFlag / unflag the node access grants for rebuilding, or read the current value of the flag.
node_access_rebuildRebuild the node access database. This is occasionally needed by modules that make system-wide changes to access levels.
node_access_view_all_nodesDetermines whether the user has a global viewing grant for all nodes.
node_list_permissionsHelper function to generate standard node permission list for a given type.
node_node_accessImplements hook_node_access().
node_permissions_get_configured_typesReturns an array of node types that should be managed by permissions.
node_query_entity_field_access_alterImplements hook_query_TAG_alter().
node_query_node_access_alterImplements hook_query_TAG_alter().
_node_access_rebuild_batch_finishedPost-processing for node_access_rebuild_batch.
_node_access_rebuild_batch_operationBatch operation for node_access_rebuild_batch.
_node_access_write_grantsWrites a list of grants to the database, deleting any previously saved ones.
_node_query_node_access_alterHelper for node access functions.

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