SQL Server command permission levels

Stephen Schleyer 60 Reputation points

Our COBOL IO modules use SQL Server commands to access table data. We are migrating to a new server and decided to tighten security by giving users minimum level permissions. This caused an issue because all of our IO modules use the TRUNCATE command to clear a table. The TRUNCATE command requires table-owner or sysadmin permission. Since our tables are relatively small, we can use the DELETE command to clear a table with no significant impact.

I was looking for a list of SQL commands that would require that higher level permissions to see if we utilize any of them in our source code.

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  1. Erland Sommarskog 106.5K Reputation points

    Basically, anything beyond EXECUTE, SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE and MERGE requires something I would call an elevated permission.

    As Zahid says, for TRUNCATE TABLE, you need ALTER permission. That is definitely to be considered as an elevated permission.

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  1. Zahid Butt 641 Reputation points

    Hi @Stephen Schleyer,

    You may grant alter permission on required table for Truncate (user need not be the owner or sysadmin ). Just use below command:

    grant alter on TableName to UserName

    Secondly go through below link , it has sufficient info:



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  2. LiHongMSFT-4306 25,651 Reputation points

    Hi @Stephen Schleyer

    Here is a query to check if Truncate or Delete are used in the definition of SP, views or functions.

    SELECT o.name AS ObjectName,
           o.type_desc AS ObjectType,
           m.definition AS ObjectDefinition
    FROM sys.sql_modules m INNER JOIN sys.objects o ON m.object_id = o.object_id
    WHERE m.definition LIKE '%TRUNCATE%' OR m.definition LIKE '%DELETE%'

    Best regards,

    Cosmog Hong

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