Re: Inherting Permissions Across Databases

From: Dan Guzman (
Date: 05/23/02

From: "Dan Guzman" <>
Date: Wed, 22 May 2002 23:27:49 -0500

The feature you are referring to is known as an 'ownership chain'. As
long as the same user owns all of the objects involved, permissions on
the referenced objects are not required.

In the case of cross-database object references, the databases need to
have the same owner in order for the ownership chain to be unbroken for
dbo-owned objects. You can change database ownership with

For more info, see the Books Online and;en-us;q272424.

Hope this helps.

Dan Guzman
SQL Server MVP

SQL FAQ links (courtesy Neil Pike):

"Mike Barzilli" <> wrote in message
> Does anyone know if they changed how inheritance of
> permissions works between databases in a service pack?
> It used to work where a login and user in database "A"
> that was granted permissions to execute
> procedure "dbo.proc_a" would be allowed to execute any
> procs and access any tables that "dbo.proc_a" called
> internally even if they were in different databases;
> provided that login "A" also existed in those databases
> and that the owners of the object being called were the
> same as the calling procedure.
> I'm trying it now and it doesn't work??? Thanks for any
> help.

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