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ZDNet/TechRepublic: Decentralise Linux security with Sudo

Feb 18, 2002, 12:01 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Thomas Nooning)
"Although some of us administrators may hesitate to admit it, it is often necessary to relinquish some control and delegate responsibility, especially in multiadministrator environments. Fortunately, you can easily delegate administrative duties on your Linux systems without giving out the root password. Just use Sudo.

The concept behind Sudo (derived from "superuser do") is quite genius in its simplicity: Allow specified users or groups to run root-level commands based on a central configuration file. Sudo also provides verbose logging of all commands and arguments so you can track its usage, which is extremely helpful in tracking problems created by misconfigurations and input error.

If you have ever administered a server on which multiple users need root access, you will immediately see the benefits of Sudo. Here's a look at how you can take advantage of it."

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