On Solana, the “authority” property is often used by convention to refer to the user-space owner of a particular account. For Clockwork, a thread's authority is its creator – the account which signed the transaction to create the thread. A thread's authority has the following permissions:

  • Pause and resume the thread.

  • Update the thread’s trigger and instructions.

  • Withdraw from the thread’s balance.

  • Close the thread account.

An authority may be any valid public address (i.e. a wallet pubkey or PDA). When the authority is a PDA, we occasionally refer to this as a “program authority” since the account is managed by a program. If you are unfamiliar with PDAs, the Solana Cookbook has a great writeup on what they are and how to build secure programs with them.

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