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Sudo May Be For Sandwiches But Not Your Enterprise

Posted December 14, 2010    Peter McCalister

Sudo has been one of the Unix/Linux administrator and self-designated geek’s best friend for the last two decades, but it probably isn’t right for your enterprise.  For one thing, it’s open source software, which means no one company can be held accountable for bug fixes, enhancements or any liability resulting from flaws in design.  Being a software guy, I naturally lean towards licensed code and have even written on the subject of licensed code versus freeware.  So it begs the question, “What can I use sudo for safely?”  I just love the t-shirts atThinkGeek.com because they told me what sudo is actually good for… ordering sandwiches!

In all seriousness, though, many Information Technology (IT) professionals believe that by implementing sudo across their enterprise, they are now protected from the intentional, accidental and indirect misuse of privilege.  Unfortunately, that is not the case, as anyone with a browser and the keywords “sudo breach,” “sudo tricks” or “sudo hack” will learn.   If you have three minutes to spare, there is even a YouTube video to show you how in step-by-step instructions for the Guy Hawkes Hack.

We have spent some time on this in ealier posts.  For a refresh, check out 6 Things You Should Know About Sudo.

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PowerBroker for Mac: A Least-Privileged Apple a Day…

Posted July 27, 2015    Jason Silva

BeyondTrust PowerBroker for Mac reduces the risk of privilege misuse by enabling standard users on Mac OS X to perform administrative tasks successfully without entering elevated credentials.

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On Demand Webinar – Now is the time for Privileged Account Management

Posted July 24, 2015    BeyondTrust Software

In this webinar, SANS Instructor and Founder of Voodoo Security, Dave Shackleford, will revisit several hacking and breach scenarios that involved privileged accounts, and use these as examples while discussing tools and tactics to get this problem under control once and for all.

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Privileged Account Management: The Time is Now

Posted July 22, 2015    Dave Shackleford

There’s plenty of problems we don’t have great options for in InfoSec today. Malware is a pain point that keeps evolving rapidly. 0-day exploits are tough to prepare for. Privileged account management? We got this. We know the root causes, we know how it manifests, we know how to get it under control effectively, and there are great technology solutions that are enterprise-class.

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