I set up a server to accept ssh without passwords, and it works fine for nonprivileged commands.
However, when I try to run sudo commands, I'm still asked for a password:

$ ssh -t test@  "ls"
Desktop  Documents  Downloads  Music  Pictures  Public  Templates  Videos
Connection to closed.

$ ssh -t test@  "sudo ls"
[sudo] password for test: 
Desktop  Documents  Downloads  Music  Pictures  Public  Templates  Videos
Connection to closed.

Googling seems to indicate that ssh -t should let sudo run without asking for a password, but this is not the case above.

Any suggestion what should I do to get sudo commands to work without asking for a password?

OS is CentOS 7.5.

  • 2
    You could set up the /etc/sudoers file with visudo to allow sudo to be used without a password. You can additionally set for which commands and which users/groups it applies to. This may give you a good lead.
    – Torin
    Oct 16, 2018 at 17:22
  • @TorinCarey's comment should be the answer.
    – guzzijason
    Oct 16, 2018 at 18:27
  • Thanks, @Torin. I was hoping for a solution not involving manually editing the sudoers file, as I need to set the sudo command over ssh without password, on quite a few servers (~50), and it would be a pain to repeatedly edit the sudoers file on each and every one of them.
    – boardrider
    Oct 16, 2018 at 18:45
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    Then you should have your configuration management system do this (of course, it already has sudo without password). Oct 16, 2018 at 19:34

2 Answers 2


Combining the excellent comments from Torin and Michael,

You must edit sudo configuration to allow commands that you want, optionally including the NOPASSWD: modifier.

Remember that:

  • These are privileged files, so you will need elevated credentials (root password, root ssh key, existing sudo rule...) to deploy this.
  • You can use the #includedir directive to include a directory of additional sudoers configs, such as /etc/sudoers.d. You can then drop in files such as with a custom software package you deploy.
  • You can maintain sudo rules in ldap rather than files. Although you probably have to touch all hosts to update nsswitch.conf. See the sudoers.ldap man page.

ssh -t relates to tty allocation, which is not directly related.


Below command is the proper way for adding user to sudoers:

echo "test ALL = (root) NOPASSWD:ALL" | sudo tee /etc/sudoers.d/test
chmod 0440 /etc/sudoers.d/test

Now you can ssh without disconnected.

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