The newly released versions of FileMaker Pro, FileMaker Pro Advanced, and FileMaker Server Advanced all have significant changes in their security features. The desktop client products have a new File Access Protection feature and new calculation functions related to Extended Privileges and Privilege Set Names. Additionally there is a change in the default Menu Commands option when developers create a new Privilege Set. FileMaker Server Advanced has some new features related to role-based administration of the FileMaker Server Advanced product; that is beyond the scope of this paper however.
This paper will examine the new security features in FileMaker® Pro 11 and FileMaker® Pro 11 Advanced, with specific emphasis on the File Access Protection enhancements.
Why were these changes needed? Why were they implemented? What are they? And, how do they work?