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My "/etc/sudoers" says "user ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD: ALL", what does it mean?

It looks like the user can do the same as root and needs not enter a password?


  • coop
    coop Posts: 913

    yes. otherwise sudo would prompt for a password. this is an ill-advised choice that should never be done on a [production system. feel free to excise the password option! i would have done this a long time ago but no one seems to have devastated by it so far. but yes, this violates security 101 :)

  • As it's for training on Aws, does it matter? To connect, I need an ssh key already so the sudo caveat shouldn't be a big security issue?

  • coop
    coop Posts: 913

    Somebody else can correct me, but I think AWS already has as sudo configured so the worst thing is you would have to type in a password so I would do nothing

  • Cool, felt a bit lazy about fixing this (besides, I haven't a clue what the password is)... Thank you for your insight


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