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3.9. Authorization and Access Levels

MantisBT uses access levels to define what a user can do. Each user account has a global or default access level that is associated with it. This access level is used as the access level for such users for all actions associated with public projects as well as actions that are not related to a specific project. Users with global access level less than $g_private_project_threshold will not have access to private projects by default.
The default access levels shipped with MantisBT out of the box are VIEWER, REPORTER, UPDATER, DEVELOPER, MANAGER and ADMINISTRATOR. Each features has several configuration options associated with it and identifies the required access level to do certain actions. For example, viewing an issue, reporting an issue, updating an issue, adding a note, etc.
For example, in the case of reporting issues, the required access level is configurable using the $g_report_bug_threshold configuration option (which is defaulted to REPORTER). So for a user to be able to report an issue against a public project, the user must have a project-specific or a global access level that is greater than or equal to REPORTER. However, in the case of reporting an issue against a private project, the user must have project specific access level (that is explicitly granted against the project) that is higher than REPORTER or have a global access level that is higher than both $g_private_project_threshold and $g_report_bug_threshold.
Note that project specific access levels override the global access levels. For example, a user may have REPORTER as the global access level, but have a MANAGER access level to a specific project. Or a user may have MANAGER as the global access level by VIEWER access to a specific project. Access levels can be overridden for both public and private projects. However, overriding access level is not allowed for users with global access ADMINISTRATOR.
Each feature typically has multiple access control configuration options to define what access level can perform the operation. For example, adding a note may require REPORTER access level, updating it note may require DEVELOPER access level, unless the note was added by the same user.
Such threshold configuration options can be set to a single access level, which means users with such threshold and above are authorized to perform the action. The other option is to specify an array of access levels which indicates that users with the explicitly specific thresholds are allowed to execute the actions.
It is also worth mentioning that the access levels are defined by the $g_access_levels_enum_string configuration option, and it is possible to customize such list. The default value for the available access levels is '10:viewer, 25:reporter, 40:updater, 55:developer, 70:manager, 90:administrator'. The instructions about how to customize the list of access levels will be covered in the customization section.