I know how to create a command which a given user can execute via sudo. I have a given command I want to allow any user to be able to execute via sudo without entering a password. What would I put in my /etc/sudoers file in order to make that happen?

  • Thank you for asking this question. I looked in man sudoers once and did not find the answer. I looked into man sudoers a second time, more carefully. Still I failed, TMI! Then, thanks to the answers here I grepped man sudoers and found why this is working. Looks like you first need to know how to do it before you can understand man sudoers. Sigh! – Tino Apr 19 '18 at 14:07

A section like this in your sudoers is probably what you want.

Cmnd_Alias NAMEOFTHIS=/usr/bin/program
  • Doesn't that grant access just to user username? Is there a wildcard I can use instead? I want any authenticated user to be able to execute the command. – Josh Sep 23 '10 at 19:07
  • Then use a group they are all members of. – Broam Sep 23 '10 at 19:10
  • Thanks! I swear I tried that but I forgot a space, so it wasn't working! – Josh Sep 23 '10 at 19:10
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    If it's not all users, I'd add a group simply because this is membership of something you wish to track - who can sudo this way. – Broam Sep 27 '10 at 15:45
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    If you really don't want to add a group (beats me why not) and still need individual users, use User_Alias SOMEUSERS = user1, user2. – Brett Ryan Aug 2 '12 at 5:37

You might consider the SUID bit. Certain programs require root privileges and use the SUID bit, such as passwd.

If sudo is the better choice for you, you could use:

ALL ALL=NOPASSWD: /path/to/command
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    It's a shell script which restarts a local caching nameserver... so SUID won't work in this case, right? – Josh Sep 23 '10 at 19:05
  • Zoredache beat me in the time it took for me to test my recommended solution. =) – Warner Sep 23 '10 at 19:12
  • While he was simultaneously harassing me in chat for posting such an easy question, no less! – Josh Sep 23 '10 at 19:17
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    @Josh:then don't post easy questions :-) – Bart Silverstrim Sep 24 '10 at 13:25
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    @Josh: Sounds like a neat feature, actually. Multiharassitasking. – Bart Silverstrim Sep 24 '10 at 13:44

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