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# 1  
Old 05-24-2007
permissions to su to root

What is the file you have to edit to allow or deny someone to be able to su - to root?
# 2  
Old 05-25-2007
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Originally Posted by BG_JrAdmin
What is the file you have to edit to allow or deny someone to be able to su - to root?
If i could, i would play with the /bin/su's file permission and make a group that can su
# 3  
Old 05-26-2007
The file is /etc/sudoers, but don't edit it by hand. Use the command "visudo" which is the recommended method. Just type visudo at the system prompt and then add the lines required. Hope this is what you wanted to know.
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Old 05-26-2007
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Originally Posted by anindra
The file is /etc/sudoers, but don't edit it by hand. Use the command "visudo" which is the recommended method. Just type visudo at the system prompt and then add the lines required. Hope this is what you wanted to know.
Note, the original post asked about 'su' not sudo
# 5  
Old 05-27-2007
This worked. The WHEEL group.


4.4.3.1. The su Command
Upon typing the su command, the user is prompted for the root password and, after authentication, given a root shell prompt.

Once logged in via the su command, the user is the root user and has absolute administrative access to the system. In addition, once a user has attained root, it is possible in some cases for them to use the su command to change to any other user on the system without being prompted for a password.

Because this program is so powerful, administrators within an organization may wish to limit who has access to the command.

One of the simplest ways to do this is to add users to the special administrative group called wheel. To do this, type the following command as root:

usermod -G wheel <username>

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