sudo (was Re: basic - continued)

Knapp magick.crow at
Sat Feb 6 21:05:34 UTC 2010

On Sat, Feb 6, 2010 at 9:12 PM, Smoot Carl-Mitchell <smoot at> wrote:
> On Sat, 2010-02-06 at 16:02 +0000, Graham Todd wrote:
>> Of course, if you do enter the superuser account, by setting a password
>> for it for example, you run the risk of getting rootkits installed,
>> which is the reason I believe all systems should have effective rootkit
>> cleaners installed by default.  But if you use only sudo to access root
>> privileges isn't the danger from rootkits (and their kin) vastly
>> reduced?
>> Am I incorrect?  Is the danger with sudo as great, or is sudo a barrier?
> sudoing to root gives you all the same privileges as logging in as root.
> It is only a barrier if used prudently.  Any program run with root
> privileges can gain access to the entire system.
> --
> Smoot Carl-Mitchell

My understanding of SU vs SUDO is that sudo lets you do su stuff but
leaves behind your name in the records.

Douglas E Knapp

Open Source Sci-Fi mmoRPG Game project.

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