Security of using sudo rather than su?

Karl Auer kauer at
Sun Sep 17 13:11:39 UTC 2006

On Sun, 2006-09-17 at 14:53 +0200, Alexander Skwar wrote:
> > Security isn't just about cracked passwords. Security is about avoiding
> > damage, whether intentional, malicious or accidental. Requiring sudo
> > reduces the chances that a command will accidentally be carried out as
> > root.
> Uhm, no. As you can easily see on this list, a *lot* of suggestions/tipps
> involve using sudo, even if it's not required. The way Ubuntu is set up
> actually makes people run way too much stuff with sudo.

Running way too much stuff with sudo is still better than logging in as
root and running WAAAAAY too much stuff as root.

What is the "way too much stuff" that Ubunto makes people do with sudo
that it shouldn't?

Regards, K.

Karl Auer (kauer at                   +61-2-64957160 (h)                  +61-428-957160 (mob)

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