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sudo: Beginner to Expert in One Hour

A talk by Michael Potter

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May 19, 2011 3:30 PM

Emory Law School, Gambrel Hall, room 1C. 1301 Clifton Road Atlanta, GA 30322 [http://mail.ale.org/?page_id=2]

Emory Law School, Gambrel Hall, room 1C. 1301 Clifton Road Atlanta, GA 30322 [http://mail.ale.org/?page_id=2]

This presentation will begin with a quick demo for those of you who are unfamiliar with sudo. The complete syntax of the configuration file will be explained starting with the simplest rules to the most complex. Finishing with a discussion recipes to solve real world problems.

I started developing this presentation after getting frustrated trying to understand the sudo configuration file syntax. I added the real world problem while helping people on the sudo mailing list.

sudo is a security tool that comes pre-installed on many *NIX systems, including mac os x, and most distributions of Linux. sudo allows for fine grained control of privileges as an alternative to setuid programs & scripts, turning on read & write privileges on sensitive files, sharing passwords, and (gasp) giving out the root password.

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