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Best Practices with sudo on Linux

Sep 02, 2010, 20:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Yvo Van Doorn)

"Many Linux users are familiar with sudo these days. Ubuntu has done a lot to popularize sudo by enforcing its use in place of encouraging users to use su to switch to the root account to install software and perform other administrative tasks. But there's much more to sudo that users and admins should know.

"What many users aren't aware of is that sudo can be used to execute commands as any user, not just the root user. In the hands of a skilled admin, sudo can be used to set up fine-grained permissions to provide users with access to perform a few administrative tasks without giving away the keys to the kingdom. Let's look at some of the best practices for controlling system access with sudo while still allowing users to be productive."

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