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Sudo issue


I have this weird issue that started lately.
I'm login as normal user lets call it "guy" and I type the command:
sudo cat /etc/passwd

what happens next is this reply in the command line:
I'm not getting any prompt to enter password. (I don't have the "nopasswd" see the attachment image for the output:

How can I fix this? it was working before, the last thing that happen is a bad shutdown.

Thanks a lot
Sudo issue-aixjpg

Last edited by rbatte1; 09-11-2014 at 06:42 AM.. Reason: Added CODE tags, capital letters and apostrophes
# 2  
The first part of the message is the greeting banner for new sudo users. To me it seems that the configuration file for "sudo" (per default "/etc/sudoers") is not accessible for some reason (which might include corruptness).

Log in as root and check this file. Try a "visudo" as root and check the contents of the fle, then save it back.

I hope this helps.

# 3  
Hi bakunin,
and thanks for your reply.

The sudoers file is OK I tried to save it again didn't help also I tried to copy it from another working aix7 machine also didn't help.

Last edited by rbatte1; 09-11-2014 at 06:44 AM.. Reason: Spelling and capital letters
# 4  
Can you share the contents of /etc/sudoers? I suspect that there is a misconfiguration somewhere which means that the rules are invalid and the default is to refuse.

Please wrap code and data input/output in CODE tags, like this:-
[CODE]This is my code[/CODE]
to produce the following (fixed character width, space respected):-
This is my code

Not only does it make posts far easier to read, but CODE and ICODE sections respect multiple space and have fixed width characters, which is important for easily seeing input/output requirements.

Thanks, in advance,
# 5  
[code] dffd

---------- Post updated at 05:06 AM ---------- Previous update was at 05:01 AM ----------

sorry this is the whole file

# sudoers file.
# This file MUST be edited with the 'visudo' command as root.
# Failure to use 'visudo' may result in syntax or file permission errors
# that prevent sudo from running.
# See the sudoers man page for the details on how to write a sudoers file.

# Host alias specification

# User alias specification

# Cmnd alias specification

# Defaults specification

# Runas alias specification

# User privilege specification
root	ALL=(ALL) ALL
yossi1	ALL=ALL
yossi   ALL = ALL
alex	AIX = ALL
XXXSudoWithPass		ALL = ALL

### XXX TEAM ###
logon ALL=(ALL)		ALL
logon4 ALL=(ALL)	ALL
logon5 ALL=(ALL)	ALL
logon28 ALL=(ALL)	ALL

# Uncomment to allow people in group wheel to run all commands
# %wheel	ALL=(ALL) ALL

# Same thing without a password

# Samples
# %users  ALL=/sbin/mount /cdrom,/sbin/umount /cdrom
# %users  localhost=/sbin/shutdown -h now
prod    ALL = NOPASSWD: /usr/bin/rpm,/bin/cp,/bin/mkdir,/bin/rm,/bin/chmod,/usr/bin/mv
s       ALL = NOPASSWD: /usr/bin/rpm,/bin/cp,/bin/mkdir,/bin/rm,/bin/chmod,/usr/bin/mv
devyoav  ALL= NOPASSWD: /usr/bin/rpm,/bin/cp,/bin/mkdir,/bin/rm,/bin/chmod,/usr/bin/mv,/usr/bin/smitty

---------- Post updated at 05:15 AM ---------- Previous update was at 05:06 AM ----------

my problem is with the user logon
# 6  
It does seem rather permissive at first glance. Maybe I'm just paranoid, but you have Fourteen accounts that can do whatever they like and a further three with restricted access, however all of them could edit replace the sudoers file and therefore do whatever they like too. If they can chmod, they can make it world writeable, edit it and then set the permissions back. With mv and cp, they can simply overwrite the sudoers file, or any file, such as /etc/passwd or /etc/security/passwd even.

Entries in this file should be very carefully considered and grant just the bare minimum required to do the job. if there are partial commands that you want to allow, e.g. cp in some directories but not in others, then you would be better to script up what they are allowed and grant them sudo privileges to run your script. Make sure that your script is secure from tampering too!

Developers just love having access to everything because it makes things easy, but security is like birth control - it gets in the way, but if your are caught out it can be very expensive to manage the impact. Smilie

That said, I don't immediately see anything syntactically wrong. You don't have a user guy defined though, so I will do some testing with others.

I don't suppose you were logged in or sued to an account not listed were you?


Last edited by rbatte1; 09-11-2014 at 07:24 AM.. Reason: Final question
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Thanks Robin,
this environment is for testing only thats why we dont care about permissions.
if you are saying that nothing wrong with the file, so what else can cause the issue with the sudo command? for the example i do sudo command in a user name "logon" i dont get any prompt to enter credentials and then i get the error that you see in the attached picture in the first post...
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