Sudo Mastery: User Access Control for Real People (ebook)

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A second edition of this book is in progress. You might want to wait a few months to buy it. Current edition is not really wrong, but certainly incomplete.

Unix-like operating systems have a primitive access control system. The root account can do anything. Other users are peasants with only minimal system access. This worked fine in UNIX’s youth, but today, system administration responsibilities are spread among many people and applications. Each person needs a tiny slice of root’s power.

Sudo lets you divide root’s monolithic power between the people who need it, with accountability and auditability.

Sudo Mastery will teach you to:

  1. design a sudo policy rather than slap rules together
  2. simplify policies with lists and aliases
  3. use non-Unix information sources in policies
  4. configure alternate sudo policies
  5. manage shell environments
  6. verify system integrity and perform intrusion detection
  7. have a common sudo policy across your server farm
  8. manage sudo policies via LDAP
  9. log and debug sudo
  10. log and replay full sudo sessions
  11. use authentication systems other than passwords

While many people use sudo, most use only a small part of it’s features. Chances are, you’re doing it wrong. Master sudo with Sudo Mastery.

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