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Old 09-14-2012, 11:09 AM   #1
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Question Error when logging into chroot jail: "sudo: must be setuid root"


I just finished following this tutorial to set up a simple chroot jail on my Ubuntu 12.04 server, and after following all the steps and trying to log in, I get the MOTD but right after that it displays this error message, and then the connection is closed:

sudo: must be setuid root
I'm not sure what the issue is here, but if it matters, my /etc/group file did not have an admin line, so I just added this to the end of the file:

Does anyone know what I could have done wrong? I can provide more information if needed. Thanks!
Old 09-14-2012, 11:21 AM   #2
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try booting the ubuntu server in recovery mode (root prompt) and running chmod u+s on /usr/bin/sudo
if that fails, try doing it on the client machine.
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Originally Posted by frieza View Post
try booting the ubuntu server in recovery mode (root prompt) and running chmod u+s on /usr/bin/sudo
if that fails, try doing it on the client machine.
Did that, and now I get this:

su: Cannot determine your user name.
Old 09-14-2012, 12:45 PM   #4
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Ubuntu 12.04 has dropped the admin group. See

Try to add 'jailuser' to the sudo group instead.
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this is an easy fix. get to root, and type the following:

chmod 4111 /usr/bin/sudo
chown root:root /usr/bin/sudo

problem should be solved.

the permissions should look like this:
---s--x--x. 2 root root 77372 May 17 08:00 /usr/bin/sudo
NOTE the s in the first part of the permissions.

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