SU & SUDO
anthonybaldwin at optonline.net
Fri Oct 6 17:21:25 UTC 2006
> You all brought up great points! The main reason I want "su" vs.
> "sudo" is for security. Admittedly, I do not have a deep understanding
> of how sudo works but I came from a FreeBSD environment and have only
> just started using Ubuntu recently. While a lot of things are
> different to me, I do not understand the need to give applications in
> x, access to sudo. I feel that if I want to run a series of tools that
> require extra privileges, it is simple enough to su to root and be
> done with it. I would however, love to hear how the security of sudo
> is coming along, perhaps my concerns seem silly to you guys.
I have just recently come to Kubuntu from Fedora, myself, and am used to
using SU, and a bit unclear as the supposed
advantages of sudo, as well. So, it´s not a silly question at all.
I´m following this thread with great interest.
It really seems to me that when my user account password is what I use
for sudo, that it would be less secure.
So, I find it all a bit confusing...
> Thanks again for all your replies :-)
> ~keep on hackin
> On 10/6/06, *Daniel Pittman* <daniel at rimspace.net
> <mailto:daniel at rimspace.net>> wrote:
> Dave <dsterken at gmail.com <mailto:dsterken at gmail.com>> writes:
> > I would like to be able to disable the SUDO command and enable
> SU but
> > I can't find the conf files for it, would someone be so kind as to
> > point me in the right direction?
> Enable use of su(1) is reasonable, but Ubuntu may not work as well as
> you would hope if you disable sudo(8) -- not least of which because it
> is used internally to obtain root access with a number of the GUI
> administrative tools.
> To enable su(1) to work simply set a password for your root user. You
> can then use that password to log in as root no matter what mechanism,
> including su.
> Now, the real question here is *why* you want to do
> this? Obviously you
> have some reason for wanting to replace sudo with su, and if you share
> it with us there may turn out to be a better way to address your
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