Skip to Main Content
IBM Power Ideas Portal

This portal is to open public enhancement requests against IBM Power Systems products, including IBM i. To view all of your ideas submitted to IBM, create and manage groups of Ideas, or create an idea explicitly set to be either visible by all (public) or visible only to you and IBM (private), use the IBM Unified Ideas Portal (

Shape the future of IBM!

We invite you to shape the future of IBM, including product roadmaps, by submitting ideas that matter to you the most. Here's how it works:

Search existing ideas

Start by searching and reviewing ideas and requests to enhance a product or service. Take a look at ideas others have posted, and add a comment, vote, or subscribe to updates on them if they matter to you. If you can't find what you are looking for,

Post your ideas
  1. Post an idea.

  2. Get feedback from the IBM team and other customers to refine your idea.

  3. Follow the idea through the IBM Ideas process.

Specific links you will want to bookmark for future use

Welcome to the IBM Ideas Portal ( - Use this site to find out additional information and details about the IBM Ideas process and statuses.

IBM Unified Ideas Portal ( - Use this site to view all of your ideas, create new ideas for any IBM product, or search for ideas across all of IBM. - Use this email to suggest enhancements to the Ideas process or request help from IBM for submitting your Ideas.

Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories Security
Created by Guest
Created on Dec 5, 2023

Authorization list or similar for User Profiles / Function Usage for Role Swapping

When you need to swap profiles from one "Application user" to the "real user" (for example if you are running web services), the application user must have *Use privilegies for the user profile. If you need to give permission to a user to several users you need to do it one by one as you can't add a user profile to an Authorization List. The other option is to make the user *ALLOBJ (not a good idea).

I suggest to have something similar to an authorization list for this case, so you can enter several users and give the application user permission to that list. Also it will be good to have a function_usage to give swap permissions to all users without the need of being *ALLOBJ.

I think this should be marked high as role swapping is very normal in environments when we are executing APIs and validating the user via tokens, etc and you need to switch the user to the one indicated in the token.

Idea priority High
  • Guest
    May 6, 2024
    IBM does not intend to provide a solution to this Idea at this time, so it is being closed.

    A server job that runs under an application user that needs to swap to other users should make use of adopted authority to allow the swap. Giving a user authority to other profiles to allow the swap allows other uses of the profile outside of the swapping.

    IBM Power Systems Development
    1 reply