sudo, the *nix tool with which you can easily execute commands as a super user is harmful.
The idea behind
sudo is good. You are able to execute super user commands — offcourse when the super user has allowed you — without having to log into the super user.
The problem though is that the default configuration of sudo only asks for the password of the current user, when he first uses it. That means that if the security is breached of the user, which could happen, it can simply use
sudo to gain access to root, for it is very likely that users who have enabled
sudo, use it a lot.
My recommendation: don’t use
sudo, if you haven’t explicitly configured it to require your password every single time you use it — use
update: If you want to force
sudo to ask your password every time you use it, add this in your
They could’ve used a more sensible name for that in my opinion. I had to read the manual carefully before I found out it was this entry.
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But it “times out” after a few minutes. So when you wait long enough you have to enter the password again.
Indeed, 5 minutes to be exact. But that is still 5 minutes too much in my opinion. Oh, I’ve found a way to disable it totally, see the update on the psot ^^.