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Old 09-16-2004, 09:38 AM   #1
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More than one root account??


I have a Mandrake (9.2) server at work that is used for some web design etc. There are currently 3 people working on this server including myself. Problem is were were all given the root password (Not my decision). What I would like to set up is a system where each user is can be held accountable for any mistakes that they make on the server. At the moment someone can kill the server by changing a configuration of deleting a file, and we don't know who is responsible.

Does anyone know of a good way to set this up? Does Linux log this information, or do I need to install an Intrusion Detection system such as Snort?
And I'll have to make separate accounts for each user with administrative privileges, right?

Thanks in advance.
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You have, I would say, 2 choices:
1. give those users the same rights as root - add them to the same groups as root. The plus side is that they would then have full access and you would know which of them did what. The minus side is that they could end up accidentally ruining the system - admins or not, an rm -rf is all too easy to do.
2. sudo access - install that and give them that access. They would then have to purposely type in the sudo command to do any damage and they would be accountable/auditable.

And don't forget to change the root password when you do whatever action you decide.

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Thanks for your help. I'm going to give Sudo a try.


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