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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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Don’t Create a Different sudoers File for Each System

Posted May 20, 2015    Randy Franklin Smith

What if you have multiple Linux and/or Unix systems? Sudo management can become onerous and unwieldy if you try to manage a different sudoers file on each system. The good news is that sudo supports multiple systems.

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What Does Microsoft Local Administrator Password Solution Really Do?

Posted May 19, 2015    Morey Haber

LAPS is a feature that allows the randomization of local administrator accounts across the domain. Although it would seem that this capability overlaps with features in BeyondTrust’s PowerBroker Password Safe (PBPS), the reality is it is more suited for simple use cases such as changing the local Windows admin account and not much more.

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On Demand Webinar: Securing Windows Server with Security Compliance Manager

Posted May 14, 2015    BeyondTrust Software

On Demand Webinar: Security Expert Russell Smith, explains how to use Microsoft’s free Security Compliance Manager (SCM) tool to create and deploy your own security baselines, including user and computer authentication settings.

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