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Old 05-18-2004, 10:32 AM   #1
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Question SUDO as *non-root* user


Sorry if this has been addressed before, but I couldn't find the info I needed by searching the forums. Anyway, I'm quite new to Linux (Red Hat AS 2.1) and need to set up sudoers to allow a user (say, "xyz") to run a certain command (say "/home/oracle/scripts/") as user "oracle", not as user "root". We already have sudo working for users to run stuff as root but cannot get it working so that the command "sudo -u oracle /home/oracle/scripts/" results in the script being run - instead I always get the error:

"Sorry, user xyz is not allowed to execute '/home/oracle/scripts/' as oracle on server.domain."

The lines I have added to sudoers are as follows:

User_Alias TEST = xyz
Runas_Alias T1 = oracle
TEST ALL=/home/oracle/scripts/ T1

This all seems to be in order but I keep getting the above error.

I realise I've probably missed something obvious but that's me all over.

Any help or advice would be much appreciated.



EDIT: Sorry to have wasted your time - I found the answer unexpectedly. The line:

TEST ALL=/home/oracle/scripts/ T1

should have been

TEST ALL=(T1) /home/oracle/scripts/

Many apologies.


Last edited by spratty; 05-18-2004 at 10:50 AM.
Old 05-18-2004, 02:22 PM   #2
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The following command gets the person root acces and then change to the user foo, running the command bar:
sudo su -c bar foo
Old 05-18-2004, 03:27 PM   #3
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can't you do a "su todd" to su over to Todd's account?
Old 05-19-2004, 04:35 AM   #4
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Thanks guys but "su" is out of the question. It's a long story but we want our operators to run certain commands as the oracle user but we do not want them to have the oracle user's password - the auditors would have a fit. "sudo" is perfect for our purposes, we were just having trouble with the syntax of "sudoers".

Thanks anyway - I appreciate the effort.

EDIT: Yes - this means I work for a corporate empire who are moving from HP UX to Red Hat for database/app server installations. And we're finding *huge* performance/cost gains as we go. And to think I was a Windows man since forever...

Last edited by spratty; 05-19-2004 at 08:59 AM.


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