Re: Changing priveliges for a user account

Subject: Re: Changing priveliges for a user account
From: Black (
Date: Thu May 24 2001 - 09:15:14 MDT

This brings up a question that I've been meaning to ask for a while... Is
there any other way to allow a user the ability to start a ppp connection
or shutdown? I'll check out sudo, but I thought I had read somewhere that
it was possible to allow a user to do these things without it, however,
I've never succeded...


On Thu, 24 May 2001, Jeff Ross wrote:

> Look into getting sudo. It will allow you, as root, to specify which
> commands a non-privledged user would be allowed to perform as root.
> Mostly it is for commands like shutting down, mounting a disk like a CD,
> or manually bringing up a ppp connection.
> I would also urge you to limit the users and the commands they can issue
> as root to the bare minimum necessary. As the holder of the root
> password, you already have the capability to do these tasks with a simple
> su command. To do a single command as root, use su -c 'command'.
> To bad there isn't a required "root hat" to wear when we assume the
> awesome power of root to remind us of the equally awesome responsibility
> we take to protect the system. It really is possible to wipe out an
> entire partition with a single command. I know. The hard way.
> Hope that helps,
> Jeff Ross
> On Thu, 24 May 2001, David C. Hacker wrote:
> > I want to change my normal login account to have root file permissions.
> > Is this possilbe? I can't seem to find the documentation on it. Thanks
> >
> > David
> >
> >
> >

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