How to disable the Database flag user options for Cloud SQL on the SQL Server instance in Google Cloud

Riyaz Walikar
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The user options option specifies global defaults for all users. A list of default query processing options is established for the duration of a user’s work session. The user options option allows you to change the default values of the SET options (if the server’s default settings are not appropriate).

It is recommended that, user options database flag for Cloud SQL SQL Server instance should not be configured.

Having a single global configuration for users prevents granular options from being assigned to users. Although not directly a security problem, any security related settings that may have been established for specific users are going to be overwritten due to the current misconfiguration. This misconfiguration can potentially lower the overall security of the database instance.

Steps to disable the “user options” flag using Google Cloud UI

  1. Login to GCP and navigate to the Cloud SQL Instances page in the Google Cloud Console by visiting https://console.cloud.google.com/sql/instances

  2. Select the SQL Server for which you want to configure the database flag

    SQL Server

  3. Click on Edit button.

    Edit SQL Server

  4. Scroll down to the Flags and parameters section

    Flags and parameters section

  5. If user options flag is present then click the delete bin icon next to user options flag shown.

    remove user options

  6. Click on Save button.

    Save settings

  7. Confirm the changes under Database flags and parameters under Configuration section on the Overview page.

    overview flags Page

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