sudo versus #

Wed Feb 10 20:00:29 UTC 2010

It's my understanding that the sudo command basically executes the 
subsequent command as superuser.  I fail to see the difference between 
having a # prompt logged into superuser and sudo, other than ensuring that 
you don't make mistakes, unless having the terminal open can allow 
attackers to infiltrate the system?  I have been using command line unix 
for a long time.  I don't make mistakes.  What is the real implications of 

Also, I notice that when Ubuntu gives me those update dialog boxes my root 
password doesn't work to allow the installation to go forward.  This makes 
me irritated, because it instead wants my normal user password, which for 
me by design is a weaker password that I use for more things and thus 
could be more easily cracked.  My root password is longer and I use it for 
less things.  Both are immune to dictionary attack, but it bothers me the 
way this subverts my configuration.

   Kayven Riese, BSCS, MS (Physiology and Biophysics)
   (415) 902 5513 cellular

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