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Old 11-13-2007, 04:53 AM   #1
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report changing root password

is there anybody can help me?
I've trouble with my system, coz my manager it's often asking about root password and sometimes changing the password without tellme me about it. Is there possible way if the password being change automatically send to my email and how to make it work, could any telling me about that.

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Old 11-13-2007, 08:52 PM   #2
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What comes to mind for me is to alias the passwd command to a script that checks for the user upon which it is acting. If root, send an email. However, I would fully expect anyone in that position to be fully open and clear about such a script, and for its purposes -- nobody likes running a security check on their box to find that someone has altered a program, especially something as central as passwd.
Old 11-13-2007, 11:06 PM   #3
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Maybe you can explain a bit why your manager needs root access on YOUR system.

If it's really your system, you're ultimately responsible for it and you don't want others the destroy it. In which case you don't give away the root password.

If it's not really your system (e.g. a shared development system), you can kindly tell your manager that there's no need to change passwords without notifying the other users or you can ask your manager for which tasks he/she needs root privileges and setup a sudo system giving him/her privileges for certain commands only.
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Your manager has a reasonable "need to know," and if necessary, the rightful authority to overrule you ... whether you like it or not.

And, since the two of you are presumably responsible friendly-folks working together towards a common, business goal usually-during usually-reasonable business hours ... ... well, this is not a "Linux" problem, and it ought not be a "problem" at all.

(If it is ... (ahem) ... "grow up." "Get a life.")

I work all-day at a client site where I do not know the root password, and I do not ask. I do not have a "need to know." Anytime anyone above me in the food-chain asks me for my password on any box, I promptly tell them: they have a need to know. "Aye aye! It's your boat, cap'n! I just swab the decks, for which services you do pay me well."

As I saw in a great bar in Scottsdale, Arizona... "On your boat, we'll do it your way."

Very well, then... that is, unquestionably, "their boat."


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