PeopleTools Security

A summary of the main PeopleTools security records.

Operators (Users)

Record Description
PSOPRDEFN Stores all operators (users) in the PeopleSoft system. Also stores their employee ID (EMPLID), encrypted password, primary permission list, default navigator home page, process profile permission list and row security permission list.
PSROLEUSER The highest level of security access is defined by roles (think of them as groups). This table stores the roles the user belongs to.
PSOPRCLS Roles link together permission lists which are the security objects that define access to components, pages, and other areas of the system. This view returns the permission lists that a user has access to via their roles. Note that prior to PeopleTools 8, permission lists were synonymous with classes and most of the security tables still use this convention.
PSOPRALIAS Aliases can be mapped to a particular operator ID (user). The obvious alias is employee ID (EMPLID) but others include external organisation ID (EXT_ORG_ID) and customer ID (CUST_ID). All ways of referring to the same entity.
PSOPRALIASTYPE This is the setup table for operator aliases
PSOPRALIASFIELD This is the setup table that maps operator aliases to records & fields
PSUSERATTR User attributes store the a hint password question & response for a user (if this is enabled)
PSUSEREMAIL Email addresses for users.


Record Description
PSROLEDEFN Stores roles and their properties. Roles can be assigned dynamically through Query, PeopleCode or LDAP. Roles are also used in conjunction with Workflow and routing.
PSROLECLASS Roles are made of up of one or permission lists, and this table links the two together. Very handy.

Permission Lists

Record Description
PSCLASSDEFN Permission lists are where the security really happens. They provide access to menus, components and pages and a host of other security including PeopleTools, Process security, Component Interfaces, Web Libraries, Web Services, Personalisations, Query and Mass Change.
PSAUTHITEM The link between permission lists and menus
PSAUTHBUSCOMP The link between permission lists and component interfaces and their methods
PSAUTHOPTN The link between permission lists and personalisations
PSAUTHPRCS The link between permission lists and process groups
PSAUTHSIGNON The link between permission lists and signon times
PSAUTHWEBLIBVW A view linking permission lists and access to web libraries (really just Menus in PSAUTHITEM that begin with WEBLIB_).
PSAUTHWS The link between permission lists and web services (service operations)
PS_SCRTY_ACC_GRP The link between permission lists, trees and query access groups
PS_MC_OPR_SECURITY The link between permission lists and mass change templates. This is an odd table, it uses the field OPRID but really it links permission lists


The PeopleSoft Enterprise Portal basically refers to the navigation system that links menus and components to the PeopleSoft online interface, navigation and search functionality. Access to anything in the online application is handled through portal security. The records associated with this include:

Record Description
PSPRSMDEFN Stores the structure of the portal registry. This data is stored in a hierarchical (tree) structure within the table. The field PORTAL_URI_SEG1 is the menu, PORTAL_URI_SEG2 is the component, and PORTAL_URI_SEG3 is the market.
PSPRSMPERM Stores permission lists associated with access to everything within the portal registry
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