I am using hook_node_grants to provide access to a realm based on whether someone is an 'owner' of a node. The issue is that menu_get_object() may call hook_node_grants recursively.

function hottopics_node_grants($account, $op) {
  $grants = array();
   try {
      $node = menu_get_object();
    } catch (Exception $e) {
      // URL mustn't be the correct format.
      return $grants;
    // Is the person a member of the administrator group, or the owner of the parent node? 
    if (module_invoke('hottopicsresearch', 'display_moderated_research_access_callback', 'update', $node)) {
      $grants['view_hottopics_manager'] = array(1);

    return $grants

The code recurses at $node = menu_get_object(). Drupal-7.

2 Answers 2


Load the node directly:

  // Do not use $node = menu_get_object();
  // This calls hook_access which results in a recursive loop
  $node_url = $_GET['q'];
  $nid = array_pop(explode('/', $node_url));
  if (!is_integer($nid)) {
    return $grants;
  $node = node_load($nid);

The infinite loop you are noticing is caused from the fact that menu_get_object() causes Drupal to verify the currently logged-in user has access to the node, which causes your implementation of hook_node_grants() to be invoked again, which calls menu_get_object(), which causes your implementation of hook_node_grants() to be invoked again, which….

It is hook_node_access_records() that has access to the node object; the code you are using in hook_node_grants() should be used in hook_node_access_records().

See Node access rights for more information. In short, hook_node_grants() returns a realm => GID array, while hook_node_access_records() return an array containing realm, GID, priority, and three 0/1 values for the view/update/delete permissions the current user has.

  • I had hook_node_access_records as the first try - yes it does take a node parameter. However, because the rule is 'you have access if you are in a group or created the parent' I had a realm for every node and still had to load the node to work out whether the current user was the creator of the parent.
    – Interlated
    Commented Apr 9, 2013 at 2:26

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