Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 247367
Integrate system-config-users with sudo
Last modified: 2009-12-16 05:26:55 EST
Description of problem:
user manager in fedora has the ability to create/delete users groups - but there
is no integration with sudoers file,
my suggestion is to allow individual users being created to be added to sudoers
file with a simple check box integrated into the UI.
if anything by any means - it will simplify one terribly common step of adding
sudoers users by hand - even if it's as simple as.
echo 'userid ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD:ALL' >> /etc/sudoers
since sudoers file contains several options, it could also be configured with
those options individually - if not an enhancement, this is a great added value
to the extremely useful user manager application (system-config-users)
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Sudo goes much beyond simply allowing normal users to execute all programs as root, to top it off it even has its own idea of groups. Making system-config-users able to grant specific access rights to users would be okay, but if it doesn't understand the whole picture it would eventually present incomplete or even wrong information to the user (e.g. "user is not allowed to use sudo" when in reality a limited set of commands is permitted) which is not acceptable IMO. So s-c-users would need to understand /etc/sudoers completely which would be a lot of work with rather limited use: while many use sudo, only few use more than a basic subset of its features, which makes this task not worthwhile to me. Mind that I'm not against such a feature per se -- patches are welcome, though this functionality might be better of in its own tool.