sudo without password

Scott Kitterman ubuntu at
Wed Jun 7 06:04:19 UTC 2006

On Wednesday 07 June 2006 00:16, Michael T. Richter wrote:
> On Wed, 2006-07-06 at 10:41 +0700, Chanchao wrote:
> > > Note that doing this is a very bad idea from a security standpoint....
> >
> > And none of this makes the slightest difference to the well-being of the
> > single most important stuff on your computer: Your own files.
> >
> >
> >
> > So.............. a 'very bad idea from a security standpoint'... hardly.
> This is a point that seems to be missed in the UNIX community a lot: the
> vast majority of computer users no longer run on time-shared, multi-user
> systems.  "Security" is "me and my files" not "my system because if it
> goes down hundreds of others are inconvenienced".
> It's a different world.  UNIX will catch up sometime.

If I screw up and make my data available to someone, that hurts me.

If I screw up and compromise my machine and give it over to some 
spammer/phisher/[insert favorite net crime here], then I've hurt the entire 

It's a different world.  UNIX was designed for it.

Scott K

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