Security of using sudo rather than su?

Adam Funk a24061 at
Sun Sep 17 12:53:25 UTC 2006

On 2006-09-17, Bernard Peek <bap at> wrote:

> security. This isn't an education issue, they already have all of the
> information they need and have made an informed decision. Ubuntu deserve
> applause for developing a compromise that effectively gets most of the
> security of UNIX without imposing additional onerous tasks, which many users
> would refuse to do. IMHO this is preferable to the Linspire approach, which
> is to have users working while having superuser rights. Distros that are
> going to be widely used by the average home user currently have to choose
> between those two options. It would be better if someone could find a way to
> get all of the security advantages of UNIX systems without compromising for
> the sake of usability, but Ubuntu seems to be the best compromise currently
> available.

I agree with all that.

> So if you think that Ubuntu isn't secure enough, find a more
> appropriate forum and start designing something better.

Did you see that I wrote "What is wrong with this view?"  That was an
invitation for corrections, so there's no need to be hostile about it.

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