sudo - Execute a command with superuser privileges.

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can't access account with empty password

I used the passwd command to remove the password for my account. Now, when I try to use su to log in to my account, it won't let me enter an empty password. So now, I can't access my account. Any ...
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How can I mimic `sudo su - user` in a script?

I need to deploy my app to server called lovelyplace by a Fabric script. Unfortunately, the server's setup is horrible, but I can do nothing about it - I have to live with it. There is one non-root ...
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Allow a specific user to sudo to users that are part of group X

I have several users, which are all part of group X. And I want to be able to give user Y to sudo to members of group X. Obviously I don't want to edit sudoers everytime I add a user to group X, is ...
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Set sudo password differently from login one

As a privileged user I am trying to set the sudo password to another then the one used at login. I have done some research but have not found an answer. Does sudo support that kind of configuration? ...
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file owner not able to renounce the ownership to root? But root can! [duplicate]

I logged in as username 'ravbholua' I created a file bb as below: ravbholua@ravi:~/Pictures$ echo>bb ravbholua@ravi:~/Pictures$ ll total 12 drwxr-xr-x 2 ravbholua sudo 4096 Oct 13 11:18 ./ ...
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Can't sudo after lock password, can I recover from that?

After setup ubuntu with default settings, It allows user to login with password, so I use passwd -l [username] to forbid password login both in ssh and console. But when I use sudo to execute ...
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Unable to run 'sudo chmod +w /etc/hosts'

I am logged into my remote VM (running out of ESXi) as user xyz. I wanted to change my /etc/hosts to add some network names that were not visible by default. I first tried to run sudo vi /etc/hosts ...
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Who is file owner if the file is created using sudo command?

I logged in using my username ravbholua: ravbholua@ravbholua-Aspire-5315:~$ echo $LOGNAME ravbholua I create file named a1: ravbholua@ravbholua-Aspire-5315:~$ echo>a1 ...
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Error : /etc/sudoers not working - Ownership wrong

I have Ubuntu 12.10 on my client system. I have an error /etc/sudoers is owned by uid 1000 should be 0. I tried booting from an Ubuntu live CD and tried: sudo chown root:root /etc/sudoers sudo ...
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sudo permission denied but su grants permission

this is the first occurrence where su was required for me. I read an article about changing the value in /sys/devices/virtual/backlight/acpi_video0/brightness to alter my laptop's screen brightness. ...
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Keeping sudo authentication with gnome-terminal (zsh)

Can sudo sessions be shared across tabs of gnome-terminal, so that once I use sudo in one tab, I won't have to re-enter my password every time I open another tab and use sudo?
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Broken sudo on amazon web services ec2 linux centOS

So I had no idea of the dangers of messing with the /etc/sudoers file, and was just trying to make a simple change in there. However, I seem to have put something with incorrect syntax in there, ...
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sudo as another user

I want to run a command on a shell on behalf of another user. The command is as follows: sudo -u USER cd /home/USER I get sudo: cd: command not found What is the correct syntax for the command ...
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How to stop regular users from Switching Users

I want to stop the normal users from using following commands /bin/bash /usr/bin/sudo /bin/su I added them in sudoers file but normal user can still use the following command This is how i add the ...
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How to tell sudo to repeat lecture once?

I'm letting one of my coding buddies have root access to my Raspberry Pi, and as I was getting everything set up, I tested sudo as him. It gave me "the speech": We trust you have received the ...
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How to make sudo accept password automatically without prompting for it? [duplicate]

I created a user named shut so that whenever one logs in using that username the machine would shut down. For that I placed the below command in the end of the .profile. exec sudo shutdown -h now ...
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which shell will sudo use to execute a shell script without the shebang line

My environment is Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, and the sudo version is 1.8.3p1. First I login as a normal user: $ whoami fin $ cat /etc/passwd | grep -i "root\|fin" root:x:0:0:root:/root:/bin/bash ...
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Restrict standard users to run a command with a specific argument

I know how to restrict standard users to run a command by removing execute permissions for that command. But it's possible restrict standard users to run a command with a specific option/argument? ...
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Why is PATH reset in a sudo command?

After much frustrating head-brick-wall contact, I've discovered this: $ echo $PATH /usr/local/bin:/bin:/usr/bin:/usr/local/sbin:/usr/sbin:/sbin:/home/steve/bin $ sudo bash # echo $PATH ...
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how to set the sftp -s subsystem option in a configuration file

The sftp command supports a subsystem option (-s) which allows the remote user to select the remote sftp-server executable, and optionally upgrade to sudo in the process like so; sftp -s ...
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How is sudo set to not change $HOME in Ubuntu and how to disable this behavior?

On Ubuntu 12.04, when I sudo -s the $HOME variable is not changed, so if my regular user is regularuser, the situation goes like this: $ cd $ pwd /home/regularuser $ sudo -s # cd # pwd ...
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How to automatically enter sudo's grace period upon CLI login?

What I would like to do is be able to login and sudo commands immediately without entering a password again. It is very redundant to type my password twice in a row when I need to login and run a ...
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Pass flags to xargs

I want to kill a bunch of processes using this command: sudo ps ax | grep node | awk '{print $1}' | xargs kill But it gives me operation not permitted even with sudo. Then I tried with kill -9 ...
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How to pipe to bash as a different user

I am running an experiment as a way to solve a bigger problem. For the experiment, I need to install rvm as a user who does not have a shell. To install rvm, you use the following command \curl -L ...
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Allow a user to view the home directory of other users via sudo

I am new to system administration. We have a lab set up where we have a server and client machines. The client machines have LDAP users which has the work area for all the users in the centralized ...
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Can't run su after changing permissions to su file

I am running Linux Slackware 14.0. I wanted to allow to do su only to the members of wheel group, so I modified the permissions of /bin/su and /usr/bin/sudo files to this: bash-4.2# ls -la /bin/su ...
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sudo askpass: ask from other tty

Context I want to setup rsync backups of my server, so I run the following command rsync -r -e ssh --rsync-path="sudo rsync" rsyncuser@example.com:/ /backup/ Ideally, that command would ask my ...
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“nohup sudo …” does not prompt for passwd and does nothing

When I run nohup sudo myscript.sh & I only get something like [1] 1220 in return and do not get prompted for a password. The process does not start either. I want to run this script in the ...
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Can you give a user account multiple passwords?

I want to assign 2 passwords to a single account. What I want to know is 1) is this possible, and 2) what are the security implications of this? The reason I want to do this is because I'm currently ...
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sudo: don't ask password when logged in with ssh key

I'd like to setup sudo in such a way that it doesn't prompt me for a password when I authenticate to sshd with a key; but do otherwise. I don't want an answer of "it doesn't work like that" because ...
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How to run a specific program as root without a password prompt?

I need to run something as sudo without a password, so I used visudo and added this to my sudoers file: MYUSERNAME ALL = NOPASSWD: /path/to/my/program Then I tried it out: $ sudo ...
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Auto completion for inaccessible directories

I'm trying to get a auto completion for folders that I don't have permission to view / enter, my first thought was to use compgen and sudo to do the completion manually, but looks like compgen is a ...
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If I type “sudo” at the beginning of a one liner, does it apply to the rest of the commands?

If I type sudo at the beginning of a one liner in bash, does it apply to the rest of the commands? In other words, is this: sudo foo | foo2 | foo3 equivalent to this: sudo foo | sudo foo2 | ...
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Execute remote programs and completely detaching it

I need to execute a remote application (named ConnectionManager), which uses the ncurses library, on the remote server launching it from a local pc. ConnectionManager is a program wich use ncurses ...
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How to kill a process that says “Operation not permitted” when attempted?

I have a process I would like to kill: computer@ubuntu:~$ ps aux | grep socat root 2092 0.0 0.0 5564 1528 pts/1 T 14:37 0:00 sudo socat TCP:xxx.17.29.152:54321 ...
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Allow www-data to perform specific commands

I need a PHP script to perform git pull however I am not naive enough to give it permissions on git. I've wrapped git pull in a script which www-data has permissions for, but I'm not sure how to give ...
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Securely allowing users to create accounts

1) I'm struggling to find a secure way to allow new users to create accounts without granting them admin rights to do so. If you already have an account on my system and can work UNIX command line, ...
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Difference between root account and administrative account

If a user with administrative privilege can have all the powers of root using sudo , then what is the advantage of having root account?
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sudo command after long sleep call without re-prompting sudo password

I'm trying to write a simple bash function that sleeps X-number of mins and then runs a system sleep command (for me it's sudo pm-suspend since I'm on Ubuntu) right now the function looks like this: ...
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Can edit file as root, but not using sudo

I just faced a really strange situation. I was trying to edit file /usr/lib/thunderbird/thunderbird.sh, which has the following permissions: $ ll /usr/lib/thunderbird/thunderbird.sh -rwxr-xr-x 1 ...
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Webmin administrative panel options are missing

When I log into Webmin, with the Ubuntu administrative user frank, I cannot see most of the administrative options: frank is shown as the Administration username in Webmin. I accidentally ...
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Why can't we execute a list of commands as different user without sudo?

This question has been asked in a different way in other forums. But there has not been a decent explanation why you can't do the below in bash. #!/bin/bash command1 SWITCH_USER_TO rag command2 ...
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What alternative backends does sudo support and how is it configured?

When preparing for the Red Hat Certified Engineer certification examination, I came across this quote in my study notes about the sudo command. By default, the policy is maintained as a flat text ...
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Is there any way to disable shutdowning remote machine?

I sometimes mistakenly shutdown the remote machine by using sudo init 0, so I wrote something like in one of my rc files: alias sudo='sudo ' if [ $SSH_CLIENT ]; then alias init 'echo Never use init ...
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Why does this Bash NRPE plugin not return a variable to Nagios?

This is a very specific question I have here, maybe one has a simple answer for it. This script I have here works locally just fine: #! /bin/bash volts=`sudo vcgencmd measure_volts core|sed ...
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What is “ALL ALL=!SUDOSUDO” for?

The last line of the /etc/sudoers file is: grep -i sudosudo /etc/sudoers Cmnd_Alias SUDOSUDO = /usr/bin/sudo ALL ALL=!SUDOSUDO why? What does it exactly do? UPDATE#1: Now I know that it prevents ...
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HGRCPATH kept in /etc/sudoers, yet ignored by hg?

I'm trying to follow the directions here under "sudo and multiple users". I believe I managed to modify /etc/sudoers correctly enough (by adding Defaults :me env_keep += "HGRCPATH" at the beginning ...
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Confused on user and su in linux

How could I run a script as a specific user (non-root)? As this? sudo su - john /usr/share/script.pl for user john?
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Losing (realtime) permission when sudoing from root to myself

After an upgrade to debian wheezy (I did not upgrade the kernel - it is still 3.8.2) I can no longer start jackd in the way I used to do it. I get you are not allowed to use realtime scheduling. My ...
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rsnapshot LVM without root

I'd like to cron a local backup to a locally mounted USB drive. I'm using rsnapshot and want it to back up an LVM snapshot onto the USB drive. But, unless I run the cron as root it complains that I ...