sudo (was Re: basic - continued)

Johnneylee Rollins johnneylee.rollins at
Sat Feb 6 21:10:37 UTC 2010

On Sat, Feb 6, 2010 at 1:05 PM, Knapp <magick.crow at> wrote:
> 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.
You'd be wrong.
Read those, they're helpful.


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