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Old 06-03-2009, 07:25 PM   #1
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Using sudoers to allow non-root eject

In the past, I have found that I needed to make /usr/bin/eject SUID in order to allow, for instance, Amarok to disconnect from my iPod when running as non-root.

The other day, having read up a little on the sudoers file, I figured it ought to be possible to add command specific entries to /etc/sudoers in order to allow members of the plugdev group to eject, etc.

So I added the following lines to /etc/sudoers

Cmnd_Alias EJECTCMD /usr/bin/eject, /usr/bin/kdeeject, /usr/bin/kio_media_manager

and prepended "sudo" to the "Post-Disconnect Command" in Amarok.

Presto, no need to have /usr/bin/eject as SUID anymore.

It seems to me this is probably a safer solution. Any comments from those more knowledgeable than I?
Old 06-03-2009, 08:09 PM   #2
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About all this does is prevent people outside the plugdev group from using eject as root. Otherwise, it's much the same.
Old 06-03-2009, 08:27 PM   #3
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Well personally I hate having things SUID on my system. I think the sudoer idea is far preferable limiting members to the plugdev group. Here is one of many articles about the dangers of setting SUID on programs Maybe I'm just paranoid !


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