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Re: Multiple login accounts with root privileges
From: Jason <securitux () gmail com>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2008 13:51:32 -0400

Definitely need to be restricted. In addition to what others have
said, if tight control is desired, most administrative functions can
be covered by granting permissions to run certain commands as root by
using sudo. You can be quite granular with sudo, and it allows you to
keep an audit trail of who issued what commands.

I am not sure why you'd have 'Administrator' on the UNIX box, unless
there's some type of pass through authentication that an administrator
on a Windows box is using to access a samba share on that client or
vice versa.

May also be a Windows administrator that wanted that generic Windows
account name to be used on the UNIX box as well to make life easier
for someone or for a scripted or batch job.

-J

On Mon, Apr 7, 2008 at 12:51 AM, ganesh mahadevan
<ganesh.was.mahadevan () gmail com> wrote:
Hi,

 I was testing a thin client box and found that I could login as Root,
 Administrator and Admin (all with the same password).  whoami
 indicated 'root' in all three cases.  Is this some sort of aliasing
 going on? I may not be entirely correct on this but shouldn't the
 number of users with root privileges be restricted?  What is your
 advice on this issue?

 Thanks in advance.

 Ganesh



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