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Old 08-29-2003, 12:54 PM   #1
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Root question

Hi folks:

I know is a no no to log in as root, anyway i (logged as root) added my user account to the root group, but anytime i want to configure the control center i'm prompted for root pswd. Maybe this is not enough to grant root access to a normal account.
So, how can i inherit root power to a user account?
Old 08-29-2003, 01:27 PM   #2
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That would defeat the whole point. You do NOT want to have root access on a normal account (although it is possible, it's a hack and I will not be telling you how).

What you want, is the su command that will let you take on root priveleges for a bit, then type exit to switch back. Use this as sparingly as possible to protect yourself.
Old 08-29-2003, 03:42 PM   #3
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You might as well go back to using MS. Crackers would love for you to do this for them. Actually this is what they do when they break into your machine. And how they do it? They set a normal user or service's PID to 0. 0 is always reserved for root. Look in the /etc/passwd file and see for yourself.

Typing in a couple characters may be a small annoyance but it's better than having your whole drive erased.
Old 08-29-2003, 04:26 PM   #4
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Wow! ppl lecturing me for such a silly question =P
Thanks a lot for your answers, but i'm afraid you misundertsood the objetive of my question. I was asking for knowledge, i don't plan to keep a RockmanExe-root (just an example) super user logged in my system and surfing the net.
Thanks for your concern, anyway =)

Old 08-29-2003, 04:37 PM   #5
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he he he, I was thinking the same thing

Yeah, you really don't want to do what you are asking Giving a regular user the rights and priv's root has is really defeating the purpose of having a single super user (root). Options for giving some of the root's priv's to certain users, or a set of users (via a group) would done by using su or better, sudo. Check out man sudo for more info. That's the correct way to achieve the 'super user' without using root all the time. However, you also don't want to give those 'super users' a lot of permissions either. A nice balance is the best way to go, but if you aren't sure what that is, you are better off simply using 'su -' to get into the root account temporarily to do the dirty work, then exiting

Feel free to ask more questions, security usually rubs people the wrong way, especially when it's how to be 'insecure' But how else are you going to learn right? From us telling you of course! Oh, and definitely check out the Security thread in Linux - Security, tons of great info on securing a box down, should cover just about anything you can think, and then some.

Old 08-29-2003, 04:43 PM   #6
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Thnx!! i didn't know about sudo... now i have homework to do (a nice reading about it) =D


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