Sudo Mastery 2/e Print Sponsor

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Minimum Price $100.00


This book does not exist yet. This item is to sponsor me writing it. I’m reading sudoers(5), so you don’t have to.

Also, print sponsors get listed in both ebook and print books. There’s no need to buy both, unless you want your name to appear twice in the ebook. I won’t argue.

Print sponsors will be publicly thanked on a “Sponsors” section in the back of the electronic versions of Sudo Mastery, 2nd Edition by Michael W Lucas. They will receive a free copy of the completed ebook in epub, mobi, and PDF, all DRM-free. Because DRM is stupid.

I will also send print sponsors a physical gift in gratitude for their sponsorship.

The first edition of Sudo Mastery isn’t exactly obsolete, but changes in a bunch of edge cases (including LDAP), several additional features, and changes in the publishing landscape have made a new edition desirable. While all that might be debatable, the addition of a Monty Python insults file essentially demands a new edition.

The book cover will be an Eddie Sharam parody of the classic “A Friend in Need” painting of dogs cheating at playing poker. Eddie has done the last several TWP covers, and his work has the perfect touch of lunacy. You might note that the painting is the wrong shape for an ebook cover. It’s even too wide for a wraparound print cover. It is the perfect shape for a hardbound dust jacket, however, especially one lacking any text to mar Eddie’s magnificent work.

About the book:

Unix-like operating systems use a rudimentary access control system: the root account can do anything, while other users are peasants with only minimal 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:

  • design a sudo policy rather than slap rules together
  • simplify policies with lists and aliases
  • use non-Unix information sources in policies
  • configure alternate sudo policies
  • manage shell environments
  • verify system integrity and perform intrusion detection
  • have a common sudo policy across your server farm
  • manage sudo policies via LDAP
  • log and debug sudo
  • log and replay full sudo sessions
  • 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.