Security of using sudo rather than su?

Tony Arnold tony.arnold at
Fri Sep 15 13:45:12 UTC 2006

On Fri, 2006-09-15 at 14:24 +0100, Adam Funk wrote:
> On 2006-09-15, Derek Broughton <news at> wrote:
> > This is the real problem (the diligent ones put the post-it on the bottom of
> > their keyboard).  Everybody figures that it would take too long to get
> > support to reset their password, or they're just too embarrassed to ask
> > (especially if they think the tech support will actually look and find the
> > password they've forgotten, because it's almost always too cute or too
> > rude!).
> That's the real reason *n*x systems store and compare encrypted
> passwords: so you can't tell that they're rude in plaintext.

The ruder the better; less chance of the user sharing it with somebody!

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