Security of using sudo rather than su?

Derek Broughton news at
Fri Sep 15 15:31:35 UTC 2006

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.

I think, though, that your average user still believes that the support
people can see their password.

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