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I have a simple bash script which runs great as a regular user. When launched from postfix, it runs as nobody:nobody which prevents many commands from working.

Is it possible for the script to change to another user account while running, to allow these other programs to run?


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You will need to configure sudo so that you can run a specific command as nobody which will run as another user.

Typically, something like (in your sudoers file):

nobody ALL=(userTheScriptShouldRunAs) NOPASSWD: /home/userTheScriptShouldRunAs/

Then, get your script to execute:

sudo -u userTheScriptShouldRunAs /home/userTheScriptShouldRunAs/
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I think this is the only way...I don't like to sudo a script callable from a mail message but no option. Thanks – Telium Feb 17 '13 at 5:04

You can set a program's permissions with the setuid bit:

chown usertorunas filename

chmod ug+s filename

That will make it run as the user who owns the file.

However, as @Jay reminded me, it doesn't work for scripts. To run a script as a different user you need to make a small program as explained here which CAN be setuid, and calls your script.

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You can't set setuid bits on scripts, too much of a security risk. – Jay Feb 16 '13 at 22:59

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