I stumbled upon Lynis - a security auditing tool for linux - and ran it on my Raspberry Pi to see if I could harden it a bit more. I got one warning in the Authentication group that confuses me.

  - sudoers file                                              [ FOUND ]
    - Permissions for directory: /etc/sudoers.d               [ WARNING ]
    - Permissions for: /etc/sudoers                           [ OK ]
    - Permissions for: /etc/sudoers.d/010_pi-nopasswd         [ OK ]
    - Permissions for: /etc/sudoers.d/010_at-export           [ OK ]
    - Permissions for: /etc/sudoers.d/README                  [ OK ]
    - Permissions for: /etc/sudoers.d/pihole                  [ OK ]

However further down in the Result section it says:

-[ Lynis 2.7.5 Results ]-

  Great, no warnings

  Suggestions (5):

Also none of the Suggestions are referring to this Warning.

These are the permissions for the mentioned directory:

$ ls -l /etc/ | grep sudo
-r--r----- 1 root   root     669 Nov 13  2018 sudoers
drwxr-xr-x 2 root   root    4096 Dec 28  2018 sudoers.d/

Does anyone know why I get this warning and where I might find more detailed information?

1 Answer 1


Lynis expects /etc/sudoers.d to be unreadable by “others”, i.e. rwx[r-][w-][x-]---. If you run

chmod 750 /etc/sudoers.d

the warning will disappear.

The information should have been logged in the Lynis log file...


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