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NAME

     sudoers — default sudo security policy plugin

DESCRIPTION

     The sudoers policy plugin determines a user's sudo privileges.  It is the default sudo
     policy plugin.  The policy is driven by the /etc/sudoers file or, optionally in LDAP.  The
     policy format is described in detail in the SUDOERS FILE FORMAT section.  For information on
     storing sudoers policy information in LDAP, please see sudoers.ldap(5).

   Configuring sudo.conf for sudoers
     sudo consults the sudo.conf(5) file to determine which policy and and I/O logging plugins to
     load.  If no sudo.conf(5) file is present, or if it contains no Plugin lines, sudoers will
     be used for policy decisions and I/O logging.  To explicitly configure sudo.conf(5) to use
     the sudoers plugin, the following configuration can be used.

           Plugin sudoers_policy sudoers.so
           Plugin sudoers_io sudoers.so

     Starting with sudo 1.8.5, it is possible to specify optional arguments to the sudoers plugin
     in the sudo.conf(5) file.  These arguments, if present, should be listed after the path to
     the plugin (i.e. after sudoers.so).  Multiple arguments may be specified, separated by white
     space.  For example:

           Plugin sudoers_policy sudoers.so sudoers_mode=0400

     The following plugin arguments are supported:

     ldap_conf=pathname
               The ldap_conf argument can be used to override the default path to the ldap.conf
               file.

     ldap_secret=pathname
               The ldap_secret argument can be used to override the default path to the
               ldap.secret file.

     sudoers_file=pathname
               The sudoers_file argument can be used to override the default path to the sudoers
               file.

     sudoers_uid=uid
               The sudoers_uid argument can be used to override the default owner of the sudoers
               file.  It should be specified as a numeric user ID.

     sudoers_gid=gid
               The sudoers_gid argument can be used to override the default group of the sudoers
               file.  It must be specified as a numeric group ID (not a group name).

     sudoers_mode=mode
               The sudoers_mode argument can be used to override the default file mode for the
               sudoers file.  It should be specified as an octal value.

     For more information on configuring sudo.conf(5), please refer to its manual.

   Authentication and logging
     The sudoers security policy requires that most users authenticate themselves before they can
     use sudo.  A password is not required if the invoking user is root, if the target user is
     the same as the invoking user, or if the policy has disabled authentication for the user or
     command.  Unlike su(1), when sudoers requires authentication, it validates the invoking
     user's credentials, not the target user's (or root's) credentials.  This can be changed via
     the rootpw, targetpw and runaspw flags, described later.

     If a user who is not listed in the policy tries to run a command via sudo, mail is sent to
     the proper authorities.  The address used for such mail is configurable via the mailto
     Defaults entry (described later) and defaults to root.

     Note that mail will not be sent if an unauthorized user tries to run sudo with the -l or -v
     option.  This allows users to determine for themselves whether or not they are allowed to
     use sudo.

     If sudo is run by root and the SUDO_USER environment variable is set, the sudoers policy
     will use this value to determine who the actual user is.  This can be used by a user to log
     commands through sudo even when a root shell has been invoked.  It also allows the -e option
     to remain useful even when invoked via a sudo-run script or program.  Note, however, that
     the sudoers lookup is still done for root, not the user specified by SUDO_USER.

     sudoers uses time stamp files for credential caching.  Once a user has been authenticated,
     the time stamp is updated and the user may then use sudo without a password for a short
     period of time (15 minutes unless overridden by the timeout option).  By default, sudoers
     uses a tty-based time stamp which means that there is a separate time stamp for each of a
     user's login sessions.  The tty_tickets option can be disabled to force the use of a single
     time stamp for all of a user's sessions.

     sudoers can log both successful and unsuccessful attempts (as well as errors) to syslog(3),
     a log file, or both.  By default, sudoers will log via syslog(3) but this is changeable via
     the syslog and logfile Defaults settings.

     sudoers also supports logging a command's input and output streams.  I/O logging is not on
     by default but can be enabled using the log_input and log_output Defaults flags as well as
     the LOG_INPUT and LOG_OUTPUT command tags.

   Command environment
     Since environment variables can influence program behavior, sudoers provides a means to
     restrict which variables from the user's environment are inherited by the command to be run.
     There are two distinct ways sudoers can deal with environment variables.

     By default, the env_reset option is enabled.  This causes commands to be executed with a
     new, minimal environment.  On AIX (and Linux systems without PAM), the environment is
     initialized with the contents of the /etc/environment file.  The new environment contains
     the TERM, PATH, HOME, MAIL, SHELL, LOGNAME, USER, USERNAME and SUDO_* variables in addition
     to variables from the invoking process permitted by the env_check and env_keep options.
     This is effectively a whitelist for environment variables.

     If, however, the env_reset option is disabled, any variables not explicitly denied by the
     env_check and env_delete options are inherited from the invoking process.  In this case,
     env_check and env_delete behave like a blacklist.  Since it is not possible to blacklist all
     potentially dangerous environment variables, use of the default env_reset behavior is
     encouraged.

     In all cases, environment variables with a value beginning with () are removed as they could
     be interpreted as bash functions.  The list of environment variables that sudo allows or
     denies is contained in the output of “sudo -V” when run as root.

     Note that the dynamic linker on most operating systems will remove variables that can
     control dynamic linking from the environment of setuid executables, including sudo.
     Depending on the operating system this may include _RLD*, DYLD_*, LD_*, LDR_*, LIBPATH,
     SHLIB_PATH, and others.  These type of variables are removed from the environment before
     sudo even begins execution and, as such, it is not possible for sudo to preserve them.

     As a special case, if sudo's -i option (initial login) is specified, sudoers will initialize
     the environment regardless of the value of env_reset.  The DISPLAY, PATH and TERM variables
     remain unchanged; HOME, MAIL, SHELL, USER, and LOGNAME are set based on the target user.  On
     AIX (and Linux systems without PAM), the contents of /etc/environment are also included.
     All other environment variables are removed.

     Finally, if the env_file option is defined, any variables present in that file will be set
     to their specified values as long as they would not conflict with an existing environment
     variable.

SUDOERS FILE FORMAT

     The sudoers file is composed of two types of entries: aliases (basically variables) and user
     specifications (which specify who may run what).

     When multiple entries match for a user, they are applied in order.  Where there are multiple
     matches, the last match is used (which is not necessarily the most specific match).

     The sudoers grammar will be described below in Extended Backus-Naur Form (EBNF).  Don't
     despair if you are unfamiliar with EBNF; it is fairly simple, and the definitions below are
     annotated.

   Quick guide to EBNF
     EBNF is a concise and exact way of describing the grammar of a language.  Each EBNF
     definition is made up of production rules.  E.g.,

     symbol ::= definition | alternate1 | alternate2 ...

     Each production rule references others and thus makes up a grammar for the language.  EBNF
     also contains the following operators, which many readers will recognize from regular
     expressions.  Do not, however, confuse them with “wildcard” characters, which have different
     meanings.

     ?     Means that the preceding symbol (or group of symbols) is optional.  That is, it may
           appear once or not at all.

     *     Means that the preceding symbol (or group of symbols) may appear zero or more times.

     +     Means that the preceding symbol (or group of symbols) may appear one or more times.

     Parentheses may be used to group symbols together.  For clarity, we will use single quotes
     ('') to designate what is a verbatim character string (as opposed to a symbol name).

   Aliases
     There are four kinds of aliases: User_Alias, Runas_Alias, Host_Alias and Cmnd_Alias.

     Alias ::= 'User_Alias'  User_Alias (':' User_Alias)* |
               'Runas_Alias' Runas_Alias (':' Runas_Alias)* |
               'Host_Alias'  Host_Alias (':' Host_Alias)* |
               'Cmnd_Alias'  Cmnd_Alias (':' Cmnd_Alias)*

     User_Alias ::= NAME '=' User_List

     Runas_Alias ::= NAME '=' Runas_List

     Host_Alias ::= NAME '=' Host_List

     Cmnd_Alias ::= NAME '=' Cmnd_List

     NAME ::= [A-Z]([A-Z][0-9]_)*

     Each alias definition is of the form

     Alias_Type NAME = item1, item2, ...

     where Alias_Type is one of User_Alias, Runas_Alias, Host_Alias, or Cmnd_Alias.  A NAME is a
     string of uppercase letters, numbers, and underscore characters (‘_’).  A NAME must start
     with an uppercase letter.  It is possible to put several alias definitions of the same type
     on a single line, joined by a colon (‘:’).  E.g.,

     Alias_Type NAME = item1, item2, item3 : NAME = item4, item5

     The definitions of what constitutes a valid alias member follow.

     User_List ::= User |
                   User ',' User_List

     User ::= '!'* user name |
              '!'* #uid |
              '!'* %group |
              '!'* %#gid |
              '!'* +netgroup |
              '!'* %:nonunix_group |
              '!'* %:#nonunix_gid |
              '!'* User_Alias

     A User_List is made up of one or more user names, user IDs (prefixed with ‘#’), system group
     names and IDs (prefixed with ‘%’ and ‘%#’ respectively), netgroups (prefixed with ‘+’), non-
     Unix group names and IDs (prefixed with ‘%:’ and ‘%:#’ respectively) and User_Aliases. Each
     list item may be prefixed with zero or more ‘!’ operators.  An odd number of ‘!’ operators
     negate the value of the item; an even number just cancel each other out.

     A user name, uid, group, gid, netgroup, nonunix_group or nonunix_gid may be enclosed in
     double quotes to avoid the need for escaping special characters.  Alternately, special
     characters may be specified in escaped hex mode, e.g. \x20 for space.  When using double
     quotes, any prefix characters must be included inside the quotes.

     The actual nonunix_group and nonunix_gid syntax depends on the underlying group provider
     plugin.  For instance, the QAS AD plugin supports the following formats:

     ·     Group in the same domain: "%:Group Name"

     ·     Group in any domain: "%:Group Name@FULLY.QUALIFIED.DOMAIN"

     ·     Group SID: "%:S-1-2-34-5678901234-5678901234-5678901234-567"

     See GROUP PROVIDER PLUGINS for more information.

     Note that quotes around group names are optional.  Unquoted strings must use a backslash
     (‘\’) to escape spaces and special characters.  See Other special characters and reserved
     words for a list of characters that need to be escaped.

     Runas_List ::= Runas_Member |
                    Runas_Member ',' Runas_List

     Runas_Member ::= '!'* user name |
                      '!'* #uid |
                      '!'* %group |
                      '!'* %#gid |
                      '!'* %:nonunix_group |
                      '!'* %:#nonunix_gid |
                      '!'* +netgroup |
                      '!'* Runas_Alias

     A Runas_List is similar to a User_List except that instead of User_Aliases it can contain
     Runas_Aliases.  Note that user names and groups are matched as strings.  In other words, two
     users (groups) with the same uid (gid) are considered to be distinct.  If you wish to match
     all user names with the same uid (e.g. root and toor), you can use a uid instead (#0 in the
     example given).

     Host_List ::= Host |
                   Host ',' Host_List

     Host ::= '!'* host name |
              '!'* ip_addr |
              '!'* network(/netmask)? |
              '!'* +netgroup |
              '!'* Host_Alias

     A Host_List is made up of one or more host names, IP addresses, network numbers, netgroups
     (prefixed with ‘+’) and other aliases.  Again, the value of an item may be negated with the
     ‘!’ operator.  If you do not specify a netmask along with the network number, sudo will
     query each of the local host's network interfaces and, if the network number corresponds to
     one of the hosts's network interfaces, the corresponding netmask will be used.  The netmask
     may be specified either in standard IP address notation (e.g. 255.255.255.0 or
     ffff:ffff:ffff:ffff::), or CIDR notation (number of bits, e.g. 24 or 64).  A host name may
     include shell-style wildcards (see the Wildcards section below), but unless the host name
     command on your machine returns the fully qualified host name, you'll need to use the fqdn
     option for wildcards to be useful.  Note that sudo only inspects actual network interfaces;
     this means that IP address 127.0.0.1 (localhost) will never match.  Also, the host name
     “localhost” will only match if that is the actual host name, which is usually only the case
     for non-networked systems.

     digest ::= [A-Fa-f0-9]+ |
                [[A-Za-z0-9+/=]+

     Digest_Spec ::= "sha224" ':' digest |
                     "sha256" ':' digest |
                     "sha384" ':' digest |
                     "sha512" ':' digest

     Cmnd_List ::= Cmnd |
                   Cmnd ',' Cmnd_List

     command name ::= file name |
                      file name args |
                      file name '""'

     Cmnd ::= Digest_Spec? '!'* command name |
              '!'* directory |
              '!'* "sudoedit" |
              '!'* Cmnd_Alias

     A Cmnd_List is a list of one or more command names, directories, and other aliases.  A
     command name is a fully qualified file name which may include shell-style wildcards (see the
     Wildcards section below).  A simple file name allows the user to run the command with any
     arguments he/she wishes.  However, you may also specify command line arguments (including
     wildcards).  Alternately, you can specify "" to indicate that the command may only be run
     without command line arguments.  A directory is a fully qualified path name ending in a ‘/’.
     When you specify a directory in a Cmnd_List, the user will be able to run any file within
     that directory (but not in any sub-directories therein).

     If a Cmnd has associated command line arguments, then the arguments in the Cmnd must match
     exactly those given by the user on the command line (or match the wildcards if there are
     any).  Note that the following characters must be escaped with a ‘\’ if they are used in
     command arguments: ‘,’, ‘:’, ‘=’, ‘\’.  The built-in command “sudoedit” is used to permit a
     user to run sudo with the -e option (or as sudoedit).  It may take command line arguments
     just as a normal command does.  Note that “sudoedit” is a command built into sudo itself and
     must be specified in sudoers without a leading path.

     If a command name is prefixed with a Digest_Spec, the command will only match successfully
     if it can be verified using the specified SHA-2 digest.  This may be useful in situations
     where the user invoking sudo has write access to the command or its parent directory.  The
     following digest formats are supported: sha224, sha256, sha384 and sha512.  The string may
     be specified in either hex or base64 format (base64 is more compact).  There are several
     utilities capable of generating SHA-2 digests in hex format such as openssl, shasum,
     sha224sum, sha256sum, sha384sum, sha512sum.

     For example, using openssl:

     $ openssl dgst -sha224 /bin/ls
     SHA224(/bin/ls)= 118187da8364d490b4a7debbf483004e8f3e053ec954309de2c41a25

     It is also possible to use openssl to generate base64 output:

     $ openssl dgst -binary -sha224 /bin/ls | openssl base64
     EYGH2oNk1JC0p9679IMATo8+BT7JVDCd4sQaJQ==

     Command digests are only supported by version 1.8.7 or higher.

   Defaults
     Certain configuration options may be changed from their default values at run-time via one
     or more Default_Entry lines.  These may affect all users on any host, all users on a
     specific host, a specific user, a specific command, or commands being run as a specific
     user.  Note that per-command entries may not include command line arguments.  If you need to
     specify arguments, define a Cmnd_Alias and reference that instead.

     Default_Type ::= 'Defaults' |
                      'Defaults' '@' Host_List |
                      'Defaults' ':' User_List |
                      'Defaults' '!' Cmnd_List |
                      'Defaults' '>' Runas_List

     Default_Entry ::= Default_Type Parameter_List

     Parameter_List ::= Parameter |
                        Parameter ',' Parameter_List

     Parameter ::= Parameter '=' Value |
                   Parameter '+=' Value |
                   Parameter '-=' Value |
                   '!'* Parameter

     Parameters may be flags, integer values, strings, or lists.  Flags are implicitly boolean
     and can be turned off via the ‘!’ operator.  Some integer, string and list parameters may
     also be used in a boolean context to disable them.  Values may be enclosed in double quotes
     ("") when they contain multiple words.  Special characters may be escaped with a backslash
     (‘\’).

     Lists have two additional assignment operators, += and -=.  These operators are used to add
     to and delete from a list respectively.  It is not an error to use the -= operator to remove
     an element that does not exist in a list.

     Defaults entries are parsed in the following order: generic, host and user Defaults first,
     then runas Defaults and finally command defaults.

     See SUDOERS OPTIONS for a list of supported Defaults parameters.

   User specification
     User_Spec ::= User_List Host_List '=' Cmnd_Spec_List \
                   (':' Host_List '=' Cmnd_Spec_List)*

     Cmnd_Spec_List ::= Cmnd_Spec |
                        Cmnd_Spec ',' Cmnd_Spec_List

     Cmnd_Spec ::= Runas_Spec? Tag_Spec* Cmnd

     Runas_Spec ::= '(' Runas_List? (':' Runas_List)? ')'

     Tag_Spec ::= ('NOPASSWD:' | 'PASSWD:' | 'NOEXEC:' | 'EXEC:' |
                   'SETENV:' | 'NOSETENV:' | 'LOG_INPUT:' | 'NOLOG_INPUT:' |
                   'LOG_OUTPUT:' | 'NOLOG_OUTPUT:')

     A user specification determines which commands a user may run (and as what user) on
     specified hosts.  By default, commands are run as root, but this can be changed on a per-
     command basis.

     The basic structure of a user specification is “who where = (as_whom) what”.  Let's break
     that down into its constituent parts:

   Runas_Spec
     A Runas_Spec determines the user and/or the group that a command may be run as.  A fully-
     specified Runas_Spec consists of two Runas_Lists (as defined above) separated by a colon
     (‘:’) and enclosed in a set of parentheses.  The first Runas_List indicates which users the
     command may be run as via sudo's -u option.  The second defines a list of groups that can be
     specified via sudo's -g option.  If both Runas_Lists are specified, the command may be run
     with any combination of users and groups listed in their respective Runas_Lists. If only the
     first is specified, the command may be run as any user in the list but no -g option may be
     specified.  If the first Runas_List is empty but the second is specified, the command may be
     run as the invoking user with the group set to any listed in the Runas_List.  If both
     Runas_Lists are empty, the command may only be run as the invoking user.  If no Runas_Spec
     is specified the command may be run as root and no group may be specified.

     A Runas_Spec sets the default for the commands that follow it.  What this means is that for
     the entry:

     dgb     boulder = (operator) /bin/ls, /bin/kill, /usr/bin/lprm

     The user dgb may run /bin/ls, /bin/kill, and /usr/bin/lprm—but only as operator.  E.g.,

     $ sudo -u operator /bin/ls

     It is also possible to override a Runas_Spec later on in an entry.  If we modify the entry
     like so:

     dgb     boulder = (operator) /bin/ls, (root) /bin/kill, /usr/bin/lprm

     Then user dgb is now allowed to run /bin/ls as operator, but /bin/kill and /usr/bin/lprm as
     root.

     We can extend this to allow dgb to run /bin/ls with either the user or group set to
     operator:

     dgb     boulder = (operator : operator) /bin/ls, (root) /bin/kill,\
             /usr/bin/lprm

     Note that while the group portion of the Runas_Spec permits the user to run as command with
     that group, it does not force the user to do so.  If no group is specified on the command
     line, the command will run with the group listed in the target user's password database
     entry.  The following would all be permitted by the sudoers entry above:

     $ sudo -u operator /bin/ls
     $ sudo -u operator -g operator /bin/ls
     $ sudo -g operator /bin/ls

     In the following example, user tcm may run commands that access a modem device file with the
     dialer group.

     tcm     boulder = (:dialer) /usr/bin/tip, /usr/bin/cu,\
             /usr/local/bin/minicom

     Note that in this example only the group will be set, the command still runs as user tcm.
     E.g.

     $ sudo -g dialer /usr/bin/cu

     Multiple users and groups may be present in a Runas_Spec, in which case the user may select
     any combination of users and groups via the -u and -g options.  In this example:

     alan    ALL = (root, bin : operator, system) ALL

     user alan may run any command as either user root or bin, optionally setting the group to
     operator or system.

   Tag_Spec
     A command may have zero or more tags associated with it.  There are ten possible tag values:
     NOPASSWD, PASSWD, NOEXEC, EXEC, SETENV, NOSETENV, LOG_INPUT, NOLOG_INPUT, LOG_OUTPUT and
     NOLOG_OUTPUT.  Once a tag is set on a Cmnd, subsequent Cmnds in the Cmnd_Spec_List, inherit
     the tag unless it is overridden by the opposite tag (in other words, PASSWD overrides
     NOPASSWD and NOEXEC overrides EXEC).

     NOPASSWD and PASSWD

       By default, sudo requires that a user authenticate him or herself before running a
       command.  This behavior can be modified via the NOPASSWD tag.  Like a Runas_Spec, the
       NOPASSWD tag sets a default for the commands that follow it in the Cmnd_Spec_List.
       Conversely, the PASSWD tag can be used to reverse things.  For example:

       ray     rushmore = NOPASSWD: /bin/kill, /bin/ls, /usr/bin/lprm

       would allow the user ray to run /bin/kill, /bin/ls, and /usr/bin/lprm as root on the
       machine rushmore without authenticating himself.  If we only want ray to be able to run
       /bin/kill without a password the entry would be:

       ray     rushmore = NOPASSWD: /bin/kill, PASSWD: /bin/ls, /usr/bin/lprm

       Note, however, that the PASSWD tag has no effect on users who are in the group specified
       by the exempt_group option.

       By default, if the NOPASSWD tag is applied to any of the entries for a user on the current
       host, he or she will be able to run “sudo -l” without a password.  Additionally, a user
       may only run “sudo -v” without a password if the NOPASSWD tag is present for all a user's
       entries that pertain to the current host.  This behavior may be overridden via the
       verifypw and listpw options.

     NOEXEC and EXEC

       If sudo has been compiled with noexec support and the underlying operating system supports
       it, the NOEXEC tag can be used to prevent a dynamically-linked executable from running
       further commands itself.

       In the following example, user aaron may run /usr/bin/more and /usr/bin/vi but shell
       escapes will be disabled.

       aaron   shanty = NOEXEC: /usr/bin/more, /usr/bin/vi

       See the Preventing shell escapes section below for more details on how NOEXEC works and
       whether or not it will work on your system.

     SETENV and NOSETENV

       These tags override the value of the setenv option on a per-command basis.  Note that if
       SETENV has been set for a command, the user may disable the env_reset option from the
       command line via the -E option.  Additionally, environment variables set on the command
       line are not subject to the restrictions imposed by env_check, env_delete, or env_keep.
       As such, only trusted users should be allowed to set variables in this manner.  If the
       command matched is ALL, the SETENV tag is implied for that command; this default may be
       overridden by use of the NOSETENV tag.

     LOG_INPUT and NOLOG_INPUT

       These tags override the value of the log_input option on a per-command basis.  For more
       information, see the description of log_input in the SUDOERS OPTIONS section below.

     LOG_OUTPUT and NOLOG_OUTPUT

       These tags override the value of the log_output option on a per-command basis.  For more
       information, see the description of log_output in the SUDOERS OPTIONS section below.

   Wildcards
     sudo allows shell-style wildcards (aka meta or glob characters) to be used in host names,
     path names and command line arguments in the sudoers file.  Wildcard matching is done via
     the glob(3) and fnmatch(3) functions as specified by IEEE Std 1003.1 (“POSIX.1”).  Note that
     these are not regular expressions.

     *         Matches any set of zero or more characters.

     ?         Matches any single character.

     [...]     Matches any character in the specified range.

     [!...]    Matches any character not in the specified range.

     \x        For any character ‘x’, evaluates to ‘x’.  This is used to escape special
               characters such as: ‘*’, ‘?’, ‘[’, and ‘]’.

     Character classes may also be used if your system's glob(3) and fnmatch(3) functions support
     them.  However, because the ‘:’ character has special meaning in sudoers, it must be
     escaped.  For example:

         /bin/ls [[alpha]]*

     Would match any file name beginning with a letter.

     Note that a forward slash (‘/’) will not be matched by wildcards used in the path name.
     This is to make a path like:

         /usr/bin/*

     match /usr/bin/who but not /usr/bin/X11/xterm.

     When matching the command line arguments, however, a slash does get matched by wildcards
     since command line arguments may contain arbitrary strings and not just path names.

     Wildcards in command line arguments should be used with care.  Because command line
     arguments are matched as a single, concatenated string, a wildcard such as ‘?’ or ‘*’ can
     match multiple words.  For example, while a sudoers entry like:

         %operator ALL = /bin/cat /var/log/messages*

     will allow command like:

         $ sudo cat /var/log/messages.1

     It will also allow:

         $ sudo cat /var/log/messages /etc/shadow

     which is probably not what was intended.

   Exceptions to wildcard rules
     The following exceptions apply to the above rules:

     ""        If the empty string "" is the only command line argument in the sudoers entry it
               means that command is not allowed to be run with any arguments.

     sudoedit  Command line arguments to the sudoedit built-in command should always be path
               names, so a forward slash (‘/’) will not be matched by a wildcard.

   Including other files from within sudoers
     It is possible to include other sudoers files from within the sudoers file currently being
     parsed using the #include and #includedir directives.

     This can be used, for example, to keep a site-wide sudoers file in addition to a local, per-
     machine file.  For the sake of this example the site-wide sudoers will be /etc/sudoers and
     the per-machine one will be /etc/sudoers.local.  To include /etc/sudoers.local from within
     /etc/sudoers we would use the following line in /etc/sudoers:

         #include /etc/sudoers.local

     When sudo reaches this line it will suspend processing of the current file (/etc/sudoers)
     and switch to /etc/sudoers.local.  Upon reaching the end of /etc/sudoers.local, the rest of
     /etc/sudoers will be processed.  Files that are included may themselves include other files.
     A hard limit of 128 nested include files is enforced to prevent include file loops.

     If the path to the include file is not fully-qualified (does not begin with a ‘/’, it must
     be located in the same directory as the sudoers file it was included from.  For example, if
     /etc/sudoers contains the line:

         #include sudoers.local

     the file that will be included is /etc/sudoers.local.

     The file name may also include the %h escape, signifying the short form of the host name.
     In other words, if the machine's host name is “xerxes”, then

         #include /etc/sudoers.%h

     will cause sudo to include the file /etc/sudoers.xerxes.

     The #includedir directive can be used to create a sudo.d directory that the system package
     manager can drop sudoers rules into as part of package installation.  For example, given:

         #includedir /etc/sudoers.d

     sudo will read each file in /etc/sudoers.d, skipping file names that end in ‘~’ or contain a
     ‘.’ character to avoid causing problems with package manager or editor temporary/backup
     files.  Files are parsed in sorted lexical order.  That is, /etc/sudoers.d/01_first will be
     parsed before /etc/sudoers.d/10_second.  Be aware that because the sorting is lexical, not
     numeric, /etc/sudoers.d/1_whoops would be loaded after /etc/sudoers.d/10_second.  Using a
     consistent number of leading zeroes in the file names can be used to avoid such problems.

     Note that unlike files included via #include, visudo will not edit the files in a
     #includedir directory unless one of them contains a syntax error.  It is still possible to
     run visudo with the -f flag to edit the files directly.

   Other special characters and reserved words
     The pound sign (‘#’) is used to indicate a comment (unless it is part of a #include
     directive or unless it occurs in the context of a user name and is followed by one or more
     digits, in which case it is treated as a uid).  Both the comment character and any text
     after it, up to the end of the line, are ignored.

     The reserved word ALL is a built-in alias that always causes a match to succeed.  It can be
     used wherever one might otherwise use a Cmnd_Alias, User_Alias, Runas_Alias, or Host_Alias.
     You should not try to define your own alias called ALL as the built-in alias will be used in
     preference to your own.  Please note that using ALL can be dangerous since in a command
     context, it allows the user to run any command on the system.

     An exclamation point (‘!’) can be used as a logical not operator in a list or alias as well
     as in front of a Cmnd.  This allows one to exclude certain values.  For the ‘!’ operator to
     be effective, there must be something for it to exclude.  For example, to match all users
     except for root one would use:

         ALL,!root

     If the ALL, is omitted, as in:

         !root

     it would explicitly deny root but not match any other users.  This is different from a true
     “negation” operator.

     Note, however, that using a ‘!’ in conjunction with the built-in ALL alias to allow a user
     to run “all but a few” commands rarely works as intended (see SECURITY NOTES below).

     Long lines can be continued with a backslash (‘\’) as the last character on the line.

     White space between elements in a list as well as special syntactic characters in a User
     Specification (‘=’, ‘:’, ‘(’, ‘)’) is optional.

     The following characters must be escaped with a backslash (‘\’) when used as part of a word
     (e.g. a user name or host name): ‘!’, ‘=’, ‘:’, ‘,’, ‘(’, ‘)’, ‘\’.

SUDOERS OPTIONS

     sudo's behavior can be modified by Default_Entry lines, as explained earlier.  A list of all
     supported Defaults parameters, grouped by type, are listed below.

     Boolean Flags:

     always_set_home   If enabled, sudo will set the HOME environment variable to the home
                       directory of the target user (which is root unless the -u option is used).
                       This effectively means that the -H option is always implied.  Note that
                       HOME is already set when the env_reset option is enabled, so
                       always_set_home is only effective for configurations where either
                       env_reset is disabled or HOME is present in the env_keep list.  This flag
                       is off by default.

     authenticate      If set, users must authenticate themselves via a password (or other means
                       of authentication) before they may run commands.  This default may be
                       overridden via the PASSWD and NOPASSWD tags.  This flag is on by default.

     closefrom_override
                       If set, the user may use sudo's -C option which overrides the default
                       starting point at which sudo begins closing open file descriptors.  This
                       flag is off by default.

     compress_io       If set, and sudo is configured to log a command's input or output, the I/O
                       logs will be compressed using zlib.  This flag is on by default when sudo
                       is compiled with zlib support.

     exec_background   By default, sudo runs a command as the foreground process as long as sudo
                       itself is running in the foreground.  When the exec_background flag is
                       enabled and the command is being run in a pty (due to I/O logging or the
                       use_pty flag), the command will be run as a background process.  Attempts
                       to read from the controlling terminal (or to change terminal settings)
                       will result in the command being suspended with the SIGTTIN signal (or
                       SIGTTOU in the case of terminal settings).  If this happens when sudo is a
                       foreground process, the command will be granted the controlling terminal
                       and resumed in the foreground with no user intervention required.  The
                       advantage of initially running the command in the background is that sudo
                       need not read from the terminal unless the command explicitly requests it.
                       Otherwise, any terminal input must be passed to the command, whether it
                       has required it or not (the kernel buffers terminals so it is not possible
                       to tell whether the command really wants the input).  This is different
                       from historic sudo behavior or when the command is not being run in a pty.

                       For this to work seamlessly, the operating system must support the
                       automatic restarting of system calls.  Unfortunately, not all operating
                       systems do this by default, and even those that do may have bugs.  For
                       example, Mac OS X fails to restart the tcgetattr() and tcsetattr() system
                       calls (this is a bug in Mac OS X).  Furthermore, because this behavior
                       depends on the command stopping with the SIGTTIN or SIGTTOU signals,
                       programs that catch these signals and suspend themselves with a different
                       signal (usually SIGTOP) will not be automatically foregrounded.  Some
                       versions of the linux su(1) command behave this way.

                       This setting is only supported by version 1.8.7 or higher.  It has no
                       effect unless I/O logging is enabled or the use_pty flag is enabled.

     env_editor        If set, visudo will use the value of the EDITOR or VISUAL environment
                       variables before falling back on the default editor list.  Note that this
                       may create a security hole as it allows the user to run any arbitrary
                       command as root without logging.  A safer alternative is to place a colon-
                       separated list of editors in the editor variable.  visudo will then only
                       use the EDITOR or VISUAL if they match a value specified in editor.  This
                       flag is on by default.

     env_reset         If set, sudo will run the command in a minimal environment containing the
                       TERM, PATH, HOME, MAIL, SHELL, LOGNAME, USER, USERNAME and SUDO_*
                       variables.  Any variables in the caller's environment that match the
                       env_keep and env_check lists are then added, followed by any variables
                       present in the file specified by the env_file option (if any).  The
                       default contents of the env_keep and env_check lists are displayed when
                       sudo is run by root with the -V option.  If the secure_path option is set,
                       its value will be used for the PATH environment variable.  This flag is on
                       by default.

     fast_glob         Normally, sudo uses the glob(3) function to do shell-style globbing when
                       matching path names.  However, since it accesses the file system, glob(3)
                       can take a long time to complete for some patterns, especially when the
                       pattern references a network file system that is mounted on demand (auto
                       mounted).  The fast_glob option causes sudo to use the fnmatch(3)
                       function, which does not access the file system to do its matching.  The
                       disadvantage of fast_glob is that it is unable to match relative path
                       names such as ./ls or ../bin/ls.  This has security implications when path
                       names that include globbing characters are used with the negation
                       operator, ‘!’, as such rules can be trivially bypassed.  As such, this
                       option should not be used when sudoers contains rules that contain negated
                       path names which include globbing characters.  This flag is off by
                       default.

     fqdn              Set this flag if you want to put fully qualified host names in the sudoers
                       file when the local host name (as returned by the hostname command) does
                       not contain the domain name.  In other words, instead of myhost you would
                       use myhost.mydomain.edu.  You may still use the short form if you wish
                       (and even mix the two).  This option is only effective when the
                       “canonical” host name, as returned by the getaddrinfo() or gethostbyname()
                       function, is a fully-qualified domain name.  This is usually the case when
                       the system is configured to use DNS for host name resolution.

                       If the system is configured to use the /etc/hosts file in preference to
                       DNS, the “canonical” host name may not be fully-qualified.  The order that
                       sources are queried for host name resolution is usually specified in the
                       /etc/nsswitch.conf, /etc/netsvc.conf, /etc/host.conf, or, in some cases,
                       /etc/resolv.conf file.  In the /etc/hosts file, the first host name of the
                       entry is considered to be the “canonical” name; subsequent names are
                       aliases that are not used by sudoers.  For example, the following hosts
                       file line for the machine “xyzzy” has the fully-qualified domain name as
                       the “canonical” host name, and the short version as an alias.

                             192.168.1.1    xyzzy.sudo.ws xyzzy

                       If the machine's hosts file entry is not formatted properly, the fqdn
                       option will not be effective if it is queried before DNS.

                       Beware that when using DNS for host name resolution, turning on fqdn
                       requires sudoers to make DNS lookups which renders sudo unusable if DNS
                       stops working (for example if the machine is disconnected from the
                       network).  Also note that just like with the hosts file, you must use the
                       “canonical” name as DNS knows it.  That is, you may not use a host alias
                       (CNAME entry) due to performance issues and the fact that there is no way
                       to get all aliases from DNS.

                       This flag is on by default.

     ignore_dot        If set, sudo will ignore "." or "" (both denoting current directory) in
                       the PATH environment variable; the PATH itself is not modified.  This flag
                       is off by default.

     ignore_local_sudoers
                       If set via LDAP, parsing of /etc/sudoers will be skipped.  This is
                       intended for Enterprises that wish to prevent the usage of local sudoers
                       files so that only LDAP is used.  This thwarts the efforts of rogue
                       operators who would attempt to add roles to /etc/sudoers.  When this
                       option is present, /etc/sudoers does not even need to exist.  Since this
                       option tells sudo how to behave when no specific LDAP entries have been
                       matched, this sudoOption is only meaningful for the cn=defaults section.
                       This flag is off by default.

     insults           If set, sudo will insult users when they enter an incorrect password.
                       This flag is off by default.

     log_host          If set, the host name will be logged in the (non-syslog) sudo log file.
                       This flag is off by default.

     log_input         If set, sudo will run the command in a pseudo tty and log all user input.
                       If the standard input is not connected to the user's tty, due to I/O
                       redirection or because the command is part of a pipeline, that input is
                       also captured and stored in a separate log file.

                       Input is logged to the directory specified by the iolog_dir option
                       (/var/log/sudo-io by default) using a unique session ID that is included
                       in the normal sudo log line, prefixed with “TSID=”.  The iolog_file option
                       may be used to control the format of the session ID.

                       Note that user input may contain sensitive information such as passwords
                       (even if they are not echoed to the screen), which will be stored in the
                       log file unencrypted.  In most cases, logging the command output via
                       log_output is all that is required.

     log_output        If set, sudo will run the command in a pseudo tty and log all output that
                       is sent to the screen, similar to the script(1) command.  If the standard
                       output or standard error is not connected to the user's tty, due to I/O
                       redirection or because the command is part of a pipeline, that output is
                       also captured and stored in separate log files.

                       Output is logged to the directory specified by the iolog_dir option
                       (/var/log/sudo-io by default) using a unique session ID that is included
                       in the normal sudo log line, prefixed with “TSID=”.  The iolog_file option
                       may be used to control the format of the session ID.

                       Output logs may be viewed with the sudoreplay(8) utility, which can also
                       be used to list or search the available logs.

     log_year          If set, the four-digit year will be logged in the (non-syslog) sudo log
                       file.  This flag is off by default.

     long_otp_prompt   When validating with a One Time Password (OTP) scheme such as S/Key or
                       OPIE, a two-line prompt is used to make it easier to cut and paste the
                       challenge to a local window.  It's not as pretty as the default but some
                       people find it more convenient.  This flag is off by default.

     mail_always       Send mail to the mailto user every time a users runs sudo.  This flag is
                       off by default.

     mail_badpass      Send mail to the mailto user if the user running sudo does not enter the
                       correct password.  If the command the user is attempting to run is not
                       permitted by sudoers and one of the mail_always, mail_no_host,
                       mail_no_perms or mail_no_user flags are set, this flag will have no
                       effect.  This flag is off by default.

     mail_no_host      If set, mail will be sent to the mailto user if the invoking user exists
                       in the sudoers file, but is not allowed to run commands on the current
                       host.  This flag is off by default.

     mail_no_perms     If set, mail will be sent to the mailto user if the invoking user is
                       allowed to use sudo but the command they are trying is not listed in their
                       sudoers file entry or is explicitly denied.  This flag is off by default.

     mail_no_user      If set, mail will be sent to the mailto user if the invoking user is not
                       in the sudoers file.  This flag is on by default.

     noexec            If set, all commands run via sudo will behave as if the NOEXEC tag has
                       been set, unless overridden by a EXEC tag.  See the description of NOEXEC
                       and EXEC below as well as the Preventing shell escapes section at the end
                       of this manual.  This flag is off by default.

     pam_session       On systems that use PAM for authentication, sudo will create a new PAM
                       session for the command to be run in.  Disabling pam_session may be needed
                       on older PAM implementations or on operating systems where opening a PAM
                       session changes the utmp or wtmp files.  If PAM session support is
                       disabled, resource limits may not be updated for the command being run.
                       If pam_session, pam_setcred, and use_pty are disabled and I/O logging has
                       not been configured, sudo will execute the command directly instead of
                       running it as a child process.  This flag is on by default.

                       This setting is only supported by version 1.8.7 or higher.

     pam_setcred       On systems that use PAM for authentication, sudo will attempt to establish
                       credentials for the target user by default, if supported by the underlying
                       authentication system.  One example of a credential is a Kerberos ticket.
                       If pam_session, pam_setcred, and use_pty are disabled and I/O logging has
                       not been configured, sudo will execute the command directly instead of
                       running it as a child process.  This flag is on by default.

                       This setting is only supported by version 1.8.8 or higher.

     passprompt_override
                       The password prompt specified by passprompt will normally only be used if
                       the password prompt provided by systems such as PAM matches the string
                       “Password:”.  If passprompt_override is set, passprompt will always be
                       used.  This flag is off by default.

     path_info         Normally, sudo will tell the user when a command could not be found in
                       their PATH environment variable.  Some sites may wish to disable this as
                       it could be used to gather information on the location of executables that
                       the normal user does not have access to.  The disadvantage is that if the
                       executable is simply not in the user's PATH, sudo will tell the user that
                       they are not allowed to run it, which can be confusing.  This flag is on
                       by default.

     preserve_groups   By default, sudo will initialize the group vector to the list of groups
                       the target user is in.  When preserve_groups is set, the user's existing
                       group vector is left unaltered.  The real and effective group IDs,
                       however, are still set to match the target user.  This flag is off by
                       default.

     pwfeedback        By default, sudo reads the password like most other Unix programs, by
                       turning off echo until the user hits the return (or enter) key.  Some
                       users become confused by this as it appears to them that sudo has hung at
                       this point.  When pwfeedback is set, sudo will provide visual feedback
                       when the user presses a key.  Note that this does have a security impact
                       as an onlooker may be able to determine the length of the password being
                       entered.  This flag is off by default.

     requiretty        If set, sudo will only run when the user is logged in to a real tty.  When
                       this flag is set, sudo can only be run from a login session and not via
                       other means such as cron(8) or cgi-bin scripts.  This flag is off by
                       default.

     root_sudo         If set, root is allowed to run sudo too.  Disabling this prevents users
                       from “chaining” sudo commands to get a root shell by doing something like
                       “sudo sudo /bin/sh”.  Note, however, that turning off root_sudo will also
                       prevent root from running sudoedit.  Disabling root_sudo provides no real
                       additional security; it exists purely for historical reasons.  This flag
                       is on by default.

     rootpw            If set, sudo will prompt for the root password instead of the password of
                       the invoking user.  This flag is off by default.

     runaspw           If set, sudo will prompt for the password of the user defined by the
                       runas_default option (defaults to root) instead of the password of the
                       invoking user.  This flag is off by default.

     set_home          If enabled and sudo is invoked with the -s option the HOME environment
                       variable will be set to the home directory of the target user (which is
                       root unless the -u option is used).  This effectively makes the -s option
                       imply -H.  Note that HOME is already set when the env_reset option is
                       enabled, so set_home is only effective for configurations where either
                       env_reset is disabled or HOME is present in the env_keep list.  This flag
                       is off by default.

     set_logname       Normally, sudo will set the LOGNAME, USER and USERNAME environment
                       variables to the name of the target user (usually root unless the -u
                       option is given).  However, since some programs (including the RCS
                       revision control system) use LOGNAME to determine the real identity of the
                       user, it may be desirable to change this behavior.  This can be done by
                       negating the set_logname option.  Note that if the env_reset option has
                       not been disabled, entries in the env_keep list will override the value of
                       set_logname.  This flag is on by default.

     set_utmp          When enabled, sudo will create an entry in the utmp (or utmpx) file when a
                       pseudo-tty is allocated.  A pseudo-tty is allocated by sudo when the
                       log_input, log_output or use_pty flags are enabled.  By default, the new
                       entry will be a copy of the user's existing utmp entry (if any), with the
                       tty, time, type and pid fields updated.  This flag is on by default.

     setenv            Allow the user to disable the env_reset option from the command line via
                       the -E option.  Additionally, environment variables set via the command
                       line are not subject to the restrictions imposed by env_check, env_delete,
                       or env_keep.  As such, only trusted users should be allowed to set
                       variables in this manner.  This flag is off by default.

     shell_noargs      If set and sudo is invoked with no arguments it acts as if the -s option
                       had been given.  That is, it runs a shell as root (the shell is determined
                       by the SHELL environment variable if it is set, falling back on the shell
                       listed in the invoking user's /etc/passwd entry if not).  This flag is off
                       by default.

     stay_setuid       Normally, when sudo executes a command the real and effective UIDs are set
                       to the target user (root by default).  This option changes that behavior
                       such that the real UID is left as the invoking user's UID.  In other
                       words, this makes sudo act as a setuid wrapper.  This can be useful on
                       systems that disable some potentially dangerous functionality when a
                       program is run setuid.  This option is only effective on systems that
                       support either the setreuid(2) or setresuid(2) system call.  This flag is
                       off by default.

     targetpw          If set, sudo will prompt for the password of the user specified by the -u
                       option (defaults to root) instead of the password of the invoking user.
                       In addition, the time stamp file name will include the target user's name.
                       Note that this flag precludes the use of a uid not listed in the passwd
                       database as an argument to the -u option.  This flag is off by default.

     tty_tickets       If set, users must authenticate on a per-tty basis.  With this flag
                       enabled, sudo will use a file named for the tty the user is logged in on
                       in the user's time stamp directory.  If disabled, the time stamp of the
                       directory is used instead.  This flag is on by default.

     umask_override    If set, sudo will set the umask as specified by sudoers without
                       modification.  This makes it possible to specify a more permissive umask
                       in sudoers than the user's own umask and matches historical behavior.  If
                       umask_override is not set, sudo will set the umask to be the union of the
                       user's umask and what is specified in sudoers.  This flag is off by
                       default.  If set, sudo will run the command in a pseudo-pty even if no I/O
                       logging is being gone.  A malicious program run under sudo could
                       conceivably fork a background process that retains to the user's terminal
                       device after the main program has finished executing.  Use of this option
                       will make that impossible.  This flag is off by default.

     utmp_runas        If set, sudo will store the name of the runas user when updating the utmp
                       (or utmpx) file.  By default, sudo stores the name of the invoking user.
                       This flag is off by default.

     visiblepw         By default, sudo will refuse to run if the user must enter a password but
                       it is not possible to disable echo on the terminal.  If the visiblepw flag
                       is set, sudo will prompt for a password even when it would be visible on
                       the screen.  This makes it possible to run things like “ssh somehost sudo
                       ls” since by default, ssh(1) does not allocate a tty when running a
                       command.  This flag is off by default.

     Integers:

     closefrom         Before it executes a command, sudo will close all open file descriptors
                       other than standard input, standard output and standard error (ie: file
                       descriptors 0-2).  The closefrom option can be used to specify a different
                       file descriptor at which to start closing.  The default is 3.

     passwd_tries      The number of tries a user gets to enter his/her password before sudo logs
                       the failure and exits.  The default is 3.

     Integers that can be used in a boolean context:

     loglinelen        Number of characters per line for the file log.  This value is used to
                       decide when to wrap lines for nicer log files.  This has no effect on the
                       syslog log file, only the file log.  The default is 80 (use 0 or negate
                       the option to disable word wrap).

     passwd_timeout    Number of minutes before the sudo password prompt times out, or 0 for no
                       timeout.  The timeout may include a fractional component if minute
                       granularity is insufficient, for example 2.5.  The default is 0.

     timestamp_timeout
                       Number of minutes that can elapse before sudo will ask for a passwd again.
                       The timeout may include a fractional component if minute granularity is
                       insufficient, for example 2.5.  The default is 15.  Set this to 0 to
                       always prompt for a password.  If set to a value less than 0 the user's
                       time stamp will never expire.  This can be used to allow users to create
                       or delete their own time stamps via “sudo -v” and “sudo -k” respectively.

     umask             Umask to use when running the command.  Negate this option or set it to
                       0777 to preserve the user's umask.  The actual umask that is used will be
                       the union of the user's umask and the value of the umask option, which
                       defaults to 0022.  This guarantees that sudo never lowers the umask when
                       running a command.  Note: on systems that use PAM, the default PAM
                       configuration may specify its own umask which will override the value set
                       in sudoers.

     Strings:

     badpass_message   Message that is displayed if a user enters an incorrect password.  The
                       default is Sorry, try again. unless insults are enabled.

     editor            A colon (‘:’) separated list of editors allowed to be used with visudo.
                       visudo will choose the editor that matches the user's EDITOR environment
                       variable if possible, or the first editor in the list that exists and is
                       executable.  The default is /usr/local/bin/vi.

     iolog_dir         The top-level directory to use when constructing the path name for the
                       input/output log directory.  Only used if the log_input or log_output
                       options are enabled or when the LOG_INPUT or LOG_OUTPUT tags are present
                       for a command.  The session sequence number, if any, is stored in the
                       directory.  The default is /var/log/sudo-io.

                       The following percent (‘%’) escape sequences are supported:

                       %{seq}
                             expanded to a monotonically increasing base-36 sequence number, such
                             as 0100A5, where every two digits are used to form a new directory,
                             e.g. 01/00/A5

                       %{user}
                             expanded to the invoking user's login name

                       %{group}
                             expanded to the name of the invoking user's real group ID

                       %{runas_user}
                             expanded to the login name of the user the command will be run as
                             (e.g. root)

                       %{runas_group}
                             expanded to the group name of the user the command will be run as
                             (e.g. wheel)

                       %{hostname}
                             expanded to the local host name without the domain name

                       %{command}
                             expanded to the base name of the command being run

                       In addition, any escape sequences supported by the system's strftime(3)
                       function will be expanded.

                       To include a literal ‘%’ character, the string ‘%%’ should be used.

     iolog_file        The path name, relative to iolog_dir, in which to store input/output logs
                       when the log_input or log_output options are enabled or when the LOG_INPUT
                       or LOG_OUTPUT tags are present for a command.  Note that iolog_file may
                       contain directory components.  The default is “%{seq}”.

                       See the iolog_dir option above for a list of supported percent (‘%’)
                       escape sequences.

                       In addition to the escape sequences, path names that end in six or more Xs
                       will have the Xs replaced with a unique combination of digits and letters,
                       similar to the mktemp(3) function.

                       If the path created by concatenating iolog_dir and iolog_file already
                       exists, the existing I/O log file will be truncated and overwritten unless
                       iolog_file ends in six or more Xs.

     mailsub           Subject of the mail sent to the mailto user.  The escape %h will expand to
                       the host name of the machine.  Default is “*** SECURITY information for %h
                       ***”.

     maxseq            The maximum sequence number that will be substituted for the “%{seq}”
                       escape in the I/O log file (see the iolog_dir description above for more
                       information).  While the value substituted for “%{seq}” is in base 36,
                       maxseq itself should be expressed in decimal.  Values larger than
                       2176782336 (which corresponds to the base 36 sequence number “ZZZZZZ”)
                       will be silently truncated to 2176782336.  The default value is
                       2176782336.

                       Once the local sequence number reaches the value of maxseq, it will “roll
                       over” to zero, after which sudoers will truncate and re-use any existing
                       I/O log path names.

                       This setting is only supported by version 1.8.7 or higher.

     noexec_file       As of sudo version 1.8.1 this option is no longer supported.  The path to
                       the noexec file should now be set in the sudo.conf(5) file.

     pam_login_service
                       On systems that use PAM for authentication, this is the service name used
                       when the -i option is specified.  The default value is “sudo”.  See the
                       description of pam_service for more information.

                       This setting is only supported by version 1.8.8 or higher.

     pam_service       On systems that use PAM for authentication, the service name specifies the
                       PAM policy to apply.  This usually corresponds to an entry in the pam.conf
                       file or a file in the /etc/pam.d directory.  The default value is “sudo”.

                       This setting is only supported by version 1.8.8 or higher.

     passprompt        The default prompt to use when asking for a password; can be overridden
                       via the -p option or the SUDO_PROMPT environment variable.  The following
                       percent (‘%’) escape sequences are supported:

                       %H    expanded to the local host name including the domain name (only if
                             the machine's host name is fully qualified or the fqdn option is
                             set)

                       %h    expanded to the local host name without the domain name

                       %p    expanded to the user whose password is being asked for (respects the
                             rootpw, targetpw and runaspw flags in sudoers)

                       %U    expanded to the login name of the user the command will be run as
                             (defaults to root)

                       %u    expanded to the invoking user's login name

                       %%    two consecutive % characters are collapsed into a single % character

                       The default value is “[sudo] password for %p:”.  The default SELinux role
                       to use when constructing a new security context to run the command.  The
                       default role may be overridden on a per-command basis in sudoers or via
                       command line options.  This option is only available when sudo is built
                       with SELinux support.

     runas_default     The default user to run commands as if the -u option is not specified on
                       the command line.  This defaults to root.

     syslog_badpri     Syslog priority to use when user authenticates unsuccessfully.  Defaults
                       to alert.

                       The following syslog priorities are supported: alert, crit, debug, emerg,
                       err, info, notice, and warning.

     syslog_goodpri    Syslog priority to use when user authenticates successfully.  Defaults to
                       notice.

                       See syslog_badpri for the list of supported syslog priorities.

     sudoers_locale    Locale to use when parsing the sudoers file, logging commands, and sending
                       email.  Note that changing the locale may affect how sudoers is
                       interpreted.  Defaults to “C”.

     timestampdir      The directory in which sudo stores its time stamp files.  The default is
                       /var/lib/sudo.

     timestampowner    The owner of the time stamp directory and the time stamps stored therein.
                       The default is root.  The env_file option specifies the fully qualified
                       path to a file containing variables to be set in the environment of the
                       program being run.  Entries in this file should either be of the form
                       “VARIABLE=value” or “export VARIABLE=value”.  The value may optionally be
                       surrounded by single or double quotes.  Variables in this file are subject
                       to other sudo environment settings such as env_keep and env_check.

     exempt_group      Users in this group are exempt from password and PATH requirements.  The
                       group name specified should not include a % prefix.  This is not set by
                       default.

     group_plugin      A string containing a sudoers group plugin with optional arguments.  The
                       string should consist of the plugin path, either fully-qualified or
                       relative to the /usr/lib/sudo directory, followed by any configuration
                       arguments the plugin requires.  These arguments (if any) will be passed to
                       the plugin's initialization function.  If arguments are present, the
                       string must be enclosed in double quotes ("").

                       For more information see GROUP PROVIDER PLUGINS.

     lecture           This option controls when a short lecture will be printed along with the
                       password prompt.  It has the following possible values:

                       always  Always lecture the user.

                       never   Never lecture the user.

                       once    Only lecture the user the first time they run sudo.

                       If no value is specified, a value of once is implied.  Negating the option
                       results in a value of never being used.  The default value is never.

     lecture_file      Path to a file containing an alternate sudo lecture that will be used in
                       place of the standard lecture if the named file exists.  By default, sudo
                       uses a built-in lecture.

     listpw            This option controls when a password will be required when a user runs
                       sudo with the -l option.  It has the following possible values:

                       all       All the user's sudoers entries for the current host must have
                                 the NOPASSWD flag set to avoid entering a password.

                       always    The user must always enter a password to use the -l option.

                       any       At least one of the user's sudoers entries for the current host
                                 must have the NOPASSWD flag set to avoid entering a password.

                       never     The user need never enter a password to use the -l option.

                       If no value is specified, a value of any is implied.  Negating the option
                       results in a value of never being used.  The default value is any.

     logfile           Path to the sudo log file (not the syslog log file).  Setting a path turns
                       on logging to a file; negating this option turns it off.  By default, sudo
                       logs via syslog.

     mailerflags       Flags to use when invoking mailer. Defaults to -t.

     mailerpath        Path to mail program used to send warning mail.  Defaults to the path to
                       sendmail found at configure time.

     mailfrom          Address to use for the “from” address when sending warning and error mail.
                       The address should be enclosed in double quotes ("") to protect against
                       sudo interpreting the @ sign.  Defaults to the name of the user running
                       sudo.

     mailto            Address to send warning and error mail to.  The address should be enclosed
                       in double quotes ("") to protect against sudo interpreting the @ sign.
                       Defaults to root.

     secure_path       Path used for every command run from sudo.  If you don't trust the people
                       running sudo to have a sane PATH environment variable you may want to use
                       this.  Another use is if you want to have the “root path” be separate from
                       the “user path”.  Users in the group specified by the exempt_group option
                       are not affected by secure_path.  This option is set to
                       F</usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin:/usr/X11R6/bin>
                       by default.

     syslog            Syslog facility if syslog is being used for logging (negate to disable
                       syslog logging).  Defaults to authpriv.

                       The following syslog facilities are supported: authpriv (if your OS
                       supports it), auth, daemon, user, local0, local1, local2, local3, local4,
                       local5, local6, and local7.

     verifypw          This option controls when a password will be required when a user runs
                       sudo with the -v option.  It has the following possible values:

                       all     All the user's sudoers entries for the current host must have the
                               NOPASSWD flag set to avoid entering a password.

                       always  The user must always enter a password to use the -v option.

                       any     At least one of the user's sudoers entries for the current host
                               must have the NOPASSWD flag set to avoid entering a password.

                       never   The user need never enter a password to use the -v option.

                       If no value is specified, a value of all is implied.  Negating the option
                       results in a value of never being used.  The default value is all.

     Lists that can be used in a boolean context:

     env_check         Environment variables to be removed from the user's environment if the
                       variable's value contains ‘%’ or ‘/’ characters.  This can be used to
                       guard against printf-style format vulnerabilities in poorly-written
                       programs.  The argument may be a double-quoted, space-separated list or a
                       single value without double-quotes.  The list can be replaced, added to,
                       deleted from, or disabled by using the =, +=, -=, and ! operators
                       respectively.  Regardless of whether the env_reset option is enabled or
                       disabled, variables specified by env_check will be preserved in the
                       environment if they pass the aforementioned check.  The default list of
                       environment variables to check is displayed when sudo is run by root with
                       the -V option.

     env_delete        Environment variables to be removed from the user's environment when the
                       env_reset option is not in effect.  The argument may be a double-quoted,
                       space-separated list or a single value without double-quotes.  The list
                       can be replaced, added to, deleted from, or disabled by using the =, +=,
                       -=, and ! operators respectively.  The default list of environment
                       variables to remove is displayed when sudo is run by root with the -V
                       option.  Note that many operating systems will remove potentially
                       dangerous variables from the environment of any setuid process (such as
                       sudo).

     env_keep          Environment variables to be preserved in the user's environment when the
                       env_reset option is in effect.  This allows fine-grained control over the
                       environment sudo-spawned processes will receive.  The argument may be a
                       double-quoted, space-separated list or a single value without double-
                       quotes.  The list can be replaced, added to, deleted from, or disabled by
                       using the =, +=, -=, and ! operators respectively.  The default list of
                       variables to keep is displayed when sudo is run by root with the -V
                       option.

GROUP PROVIDER PLUGINS

     The sudoers plugin supports its own plugin interface to allow non-Unix group lookups which
     can query a group source other than the standard Unix group database.  This can be used to
     implement support for the nonunix_group syntax described earlier.

     Group provider plugins are specified via the group_plugin Defaults setting.  The argument to
     group_plugin should consist of the plugin path, either fully-qualified or relative to the
     /usr/lib/sudo directory, followed by any configuration options the plugin requires.  These
     options (if specified) will be passed to the plugin's initialization function.  If options
     are present, the string must be enclosed in double quotes ("").

     The following group provider plugins are installed by default:

     group_file
               The group_file plugin supports an alternate group file that uses the same syntax
               as the /etc/group file.  The path to the group file should be specified as an
               option to the plugin.  For example, if the group file to be used is
               /etc/sudo-group:

               Defaults group_plugin="group_file.so /etc/sudo-group"

     system_group
               The system_group plugin supports group lookups via the standard C library
               functions getgrnam() and getgrid().  This plugin can be used in instances where
               the user belongs to groups not present in the user's supplemental group vector.
               This plugin takes no options:

               Defaults group_plugin=system_group.so

     The group provider plugin API is described in detail in sudo_plugin(8).

LOG FORMAT

     sudoers can log events using either syslog(3) or a simple log file.  In each case the log
     format is almost identical.

   Accepted command log entries
     Commands that sudo runs are logged using the following format (split into multiple lines for
     readability):

         date hostname progname: username : TTY=ttyname ; PWD=cwd ; \
             USER=runasuser ; GROUP=runasgroup ; TSID=logid ; \
             ENV=env_vars COMMAND=command

     Where the fields are as follows:

     date          The date the command was run.  Typically, this is in the format “MMM, DD,
                   HH:MM:SS”.  If logging via syslog(3), the actual date format is controlled by
                   the syslog daemon.  If logging to a file and the log_year option is enabled,
                   the date will also include the year.

     hostname      The name of the host sudo was run on.  This field is only present when logging
                   via syslog(3).

     progname      The name of the program, usually sudo or sudoedit.  This field is only present
                   when logging via syslog(3).

     username      The login name of the user who ran sudo.

     ttyname       The short name of the terminal (e.g. “console”, “tty01”, or “pts/0”) sudo was
                   run on, or “unknown” if there was no terminal present.

     cwd           The current working directory that sudo was run in.

     runasuser     The user the command was run as.

     runasgroup    The group the command was run as if one was specified on the command line.

     logid         An I/O log identifier that can be used to replay the command's output.  This
                   is only present when the log_input or log_output option is enabled.

     env_vars      A list of environment variables specified on the command line, if specified.

     command       The actual command that was executed.

     Messages are logged using the locale specified by sudoers_locale, which defaults to the “C”
     locale.

   Denied command log entries
     If the user is not allowed to run the command, the reason for the denial will follow the
     user name.  Possible reasons include:

     user NOT in sudoers
       The user is not listed in the sudoers file.

     user NOT authorized on host
       The user is listed in the sudoers file but is not allowed to run commands on the host.

     command not allowed
       The user is listed in the sudoers file for the host but they are not allowed to run the
       specified command.

     3 incorrect password attempts
       The user failed to enter their password after 3 tries.  The actual number of tries will
       vary based on the number of failed attempts and the value of the passwd_tries option.

     a password is required
       sudo's -n option was specified but a password was required.

     sorry, you are not allowed to set the following environment variables
       The user specified environment variables on the command line that were not allowed by
       sudoers.

   Error log entries
     If an error occurs, sudoers will log a message and, in most cases, send a message to the
     administrator via email.  Possible errors include:

     parse error in /etc/sudoers near line N
       sudoers encountered an error when parsing the specified file.  In some cases, the actual
       error may be one line above or below the line number listed, depending on the type of
       error.

     problem with defaults entries
       The sudoers file contains one or more unknown Defaults settings.  This does not prevent
       sudo from running, but the sudoers file should be checked using visudo.

     timestamp owner (username): No such user
       The time stamp directory owner, as specified by the timestampowner setting, could not be
       found in the password database.

     unable to open/read /etc/sudoers
       The sudoers file could not be opened for reading.  This can happen when the sudoers file
       is located on a remote file system that maps user ID 0 to a different value.  Normally,
       sudoers tries to open sudoers using group permissions to avoid this problem.  Consider
       either changing the ownership of /etc/sudoers or adding an argument like “sudoers_uid=N”
       (where ‘N’ is the user ID that owns the sudoers file) to the end of the sudoers Plugin
       line in the sudo.conf(5) file.

     unable to stat /etc/sudoers
       The /etc/sudoers file is missing.

     /etc/sudoers is not a regular file
       The /etc/sudoers file exists but is not a regular file or symbolic link.

     /etc/sudoers is owned by uid N, should be 0
       The sudoers file has the wrong owner.  If you wish to change the sudoers file owner,
       please add “sudoers_uid=N” (where ‘N’ is the user ID that owns the sudoers file) to the
       sudoers Plugin line in the sudo.conf(5) file.

     /etc/sudoers is world writable
       The permissions on the sudoers file allow all users to write to it.  The sudoers file must
       not be world-writable, the default file mode is 0440 (readable by owner and group,
       writable by none).  The default mode may be changed via the “sudoers_mode” option to the
       sudoers Plugin line in the sudo.conf(5) file.

     /etc/sudoers is owned by gid N, should be 1
       The sudoers file has the wrong group ownership.  If you wish to change the sudoers file
       group ownership, please add “sudoers_gid=N” (where ‘N’ is the group ID that owns the
       sudoers file) to the sudoers Plugin line in the sudo.conf(5) file.

     unable to open /var/lib/sudo/username/ttyname
       sudoers was unable to read or create the user's time stamp file.

     unable to write to /var/lib/sudo/username/ttyname
       sudoers was unable to write to the user's time stamp file.

     unable to mkdir to /var/lib/sudo/username
       sudoers was unable to create the user's time stamp directory.

   Notes on logging via syslog
     By default, sudoers logs messages via syslog(3).  The date, hostname, and progname fields
     are added by the syslog daemon, not sudoers itself.  As such, they may vary in format on
     different systems.

     On most systems, syslog(3) has a relatively small log buffer.  To prevent the command line
     arguments from being truncated, sudoers will split up log messages that are larger than 960
     characters (not including the date, hostname, and the string “sudo”).  When a message is
     split, additional parts will include the string “(command continued)” after the user name
     and before the continued command line arguments.

   Notes on logging to a file
     If the logfile option is set, sudoers will log to a local file, such as /var/log/sudo.  When
     logging to a file, sudoers uses a format similar to syslog(3), with a few important
     differences:

     1.   The progname and hostname fields are not present.

     2.   If the log_year option is enabled, the date will also include the year.

     3.   Lines that are longer than loglinelen characters (80 by default) are word-wrapped and
          continued on the next line with a four character indent.  This makes entries easier to
          read for a human being, but makes it more difficult to use grep(1) on the log files.
          If the loglinelen option is set to 0 (or negated with a ‘!’), word wrap will be
          disabled.

FILES

     /etc/sudo.conf            Sudo front end configuration

     /etc/sudoers              List of who can run what

     /etc/group                Local groups file

     /etc/netgroup             List of network groups

     /var/log/sudo-io          I/O log files

     /var/lib/sudo             Directory containing time stamps for the sudoers security policy

     /etc/environment          Initial environment for -i mode on AIX and Linux systems

EXAMPLES

     Below are example sudoers entries.  Admittedly, some of these are a bit contrived.  First,
     we allow a few environment variables to pass and then define our aliases:

     # Run X applications through sudo; HOME is used to find the
     # .Xauthority file.  Note that other programs use HOME to find
     # configuration files and this may lead to privilege escalation!
     Defaults env_keep += "DISPLAY HOME"

     # User alias specification
     User_Alias      FULLTIMERS = millert, mikef, dowdy
     User_Alias      PARTTIMERS = bostley, jwfox, crawl
     User_Alias      WEBMASTERS = will, wendy, wim

     # Runas alias specification
     Runas_Alias     OP = root, operator
     Runas_Alias     DB = oracle, sybase
     Runas_Alias     ADMINGRP = adm, oper

     # Host alias specification
     Host_Alias      SPARC = bigtime, eclipse, moet, anchor :\
                     SGI = grolsch, dandelion, black :\
                     ALPHA = widget, thalamus, foobar :\
                     HPPA = boa, nag, python
     Host_Alias      CUNETS = 128.138.0.0/255.255.0.0
     Host_Alias      CSNETS = 128.138.243.0, 128.138.204.0/24, 128.138.242.0
     Host_Alias      SERVERS = master, mail, www, ns
     Host_Alias      CDROM = orion, perseus, hercules

     # Cmnd alias specification
     Cmnd_Alias      DUMPS = /usr/bin/mt, /usr/sbin/dump, /usr/sbin/rdump,\
                             /usr/sbin/restore, /usr/sbin/rrestore,\
                             sha224:0GomF8mNN3wlDt1HD9XldjJ3SNgpFdbjO1+NsQ== \
                             /home/operator/bin/start_backups
     Cmnd_Alias      KILL = /usr/bin/kill
     Cmnd_Alias      PRINTING = /usr/sbin/lpc, /usr/bin/lprm
     Cmnd_Alias      SHUTDOWN = /usr/sbin/shutdown
     Cmnd_Alias      HALT = /usr/sbin/halt
     Cmnd_Alias      REBOOT = /usr/sbin/reboot
     Cmnd_Alias      SHELLS = /usr/bin/sh, /usr/bin/csh, /usr/bin/ksh,\
                              /usr/local/bin/tcsh, /usr/bin/rsh,\
                              /usr/local/bin/zsh
     Cmnd_Alias      SU = /usr/bin/su
     Cmnd_Alias      PAGERS = /usr/bin/more, /usr/bin/pg, /usr/bin/less

     Here we override some of the compiled in default values.  We want sudo to log via syslog(3)
     using the auth facility in all cases.  We don't want to subject the full time staff to the
     sudo lecture, user millert need not give a password, and we don't want to reset the LOGNAME,
     USER or USERNAME environment variables when running commands as root.  Additionally, on the
     machines in the SERVERS Host_Alias, we keep an additional local log file and make sure we
     log the year in each log line since the log entries will be kept around for several years.
     Lastly, we disable shell escapes for the commands in the PAGERS Cmnd_Alias (/usr/bin/more,
     /usr/bin/pg and /usr/bin/less).  Note that this will not effectively constrain users with
     sudo ALL privileges.

     # Override built-in defaults
     Defaults                syslog=auth
     Defaults>root           !set_logname
     Defaults:FULLTIMERS     !lecture
     Defaults:millert        !authenticate
     Defaults@SERVERS        log_year, logfile=/var/log/sudo.log
     Defaults!PAGERS         noexec

     The User specification is the part that actually determines who may run what.

     root            ALL = (ALL) ALL
     %wheel          ALL = (ALL) ALL

     We let root and any user in group wheel run any command on any host as any user.

     FULLTIMERS      ALL = NOPASSWD: ALL

     Full time sysadmins (millert, mikef, and dowdy) may run any command on any host without
     authenticating themselves.

     PARTTIMERS      ALL = ALL

     Part time sysadmins bostley, jwfox, and crawl) may run any command on any host but they must
     authenticate themselves first (since the entry lacks the NOPASSWD tag).

     jack            CSNETS = ALL

     The user jack may run any command on the machines in the CSNETS alias (the networks
     128.138.243.0, 128.138.204.0, and 128.138.242.0).  Of those networks, only 128.138.204.0 has
     an explicit netmask (in CIDR notation) indicating it is a class C network.  For the other
     networks in CSNETS, the local machine's netmask will be used during matching.

     lisa            CUNETS = ALL

     The user lisa may run any command on any host in the CUNETS alias (the class B network
     128.138.0.0).

     operator        ALL = DUMPS, KILL, SHUTDOWN, HALT, REBOOT, PRINTING,\
                     sudoedit /etc/printcap, /usr/oper/bin/

     The operator user may run commands limited to simple maintenance.  Here, those are commands
     related to backups, killing processes, the printing system, shutting down the system, and
     any commands in the directory /usr/oper/bin/.  Note that one command in the DUMPS Cmnd_Alias
     includes a sha224 digest, /home/operator/bin/start_backups.  This is because the directory
     containing the script is writable by the operator user.  If the script is modified
     (resulting in a digest mismatch) it will no longer be possible to run it via sudo.

     joe             ALL = /usr/bin/su operator

     The user joe may only su(1) to operator.

     pete            HPPA = /usr/bin/passwd [A-Za-z]*, !/usr/bin/passwd root

     %opers          ALL = (: ADMINGRP) /usr/sbin/

     Users in the opers group may run commands in /usr/sbin/ as themselves with any group in the
     ADMINGRP Runas_Alias (the adm and oper groups).

     The user pete is allowed to change anyone's password except for root on the HPPA machines.
     Note that this assumes passwd(1) does not take multiple user names on the command line.

     bob             SPARC = (OP) ALL : SGI = (OP) ALL

     The user bob may run anything on the SPARC and SGI machines as any user listed in the OP
     Runas_Alias (root and operator.)

     jim             +biglab = ALL

     The user jim may run any command on machines in the biglab netgroup.  sudo knows that
     “biglab” is a netgroup due to the ‘+’ prefix.

     +secretaries    ALL = PRINTING, /usr/bin/adduser, /usr/bin/rmuser

     Users in the secretaries netgroup need to help manage the printers as well as add and remove
     users, so they are allowed to run those commands on all machines.

     fred            ALL = (DB) NOPASSWD: ALL

     The user fred can run commands as any user in the DB Runas_Alias (oracle or sybase) without
     giving a password.

     john            ALPHA = /usr/bin/su [!-]*, !/usr/bin/su *root*

     On the ALPHA machines, user john may su to anyone except root but he is not allowed to
     specify any options to the su(1) command.

     jen             ALL, !SERVERS = ALL

     The user jen may run any command on any machine except for those in the SERVERS Host_Alias
     (master, mail, www and ns).

     jill            SERVERS = /usr/bin/, !SU, !SHELLS

     For any machine in the SERVERS Host_Alias, jill may run any commands in the directory
     /usr/bin/ except for those commands belonging to the SU and SHELLS Cmnd_Aliases.  While not
     specifically mentioned in the rule, the commands in the PAGERS Cmnd_Alias all reside in
     /usr/bin and have the noexec option set.

     steve           CSNETS = (operator) /usr/local/op_commands/

     The user steve may run any command in the directory /usr/local/op_commands/ but only as user
     operator.

     matt            valkyrie = KILL

     On his personal workstation, valkyrie, matt needs to be able to kill hung processes.

     WEBMASTERS      www = (www) ALL, (root) /usr/bin/su www

     On the host www, any user in the WEBMASTERS User_Alias (will, wendy, and wim), may run any
     command as user www (which owns the web pages) or simply su(1) to www.

     ALL             CDROM = NOPASSWD: /sbin/umount /CDROM,\
                     /sbin/mount -o nosuidnodev /dev/cd0a /CDROM

     Any user may mount or unmount a CD-ROM on the machines in the CDROM Host_Alias (orion,
     perseus, hercules) without entering a password.  This is a bit tedious for users to type, so
     it is a prime candidate for encapsulating in a shell script.

SECURITY NOTES

   Limitations of the ‘!’ operator
     It is generally not effective to “subtract” commands from ALL using the ‘!’ operator.  A
     user can trivially circumvent this by copying the desired command to a different name and
     then executing that.  For example:

     bill    ALL = ALL, !SU, !SHELLS

     Doesn't really prevent bill from running the commands listed in SU or SHELLS since he can
     simply copy those commands to a different name, or use a shell escape from an editor or
     other program.  Therefore, these kind of restrictions should be considered advisory at best
     (and reinforced by policy).

     In general, if a user has sudo ALL there is nothing to prevent them from creating their own
     program that gives them a root shell (or making their own copy of a shell) regardless of any
     ‘!’ elements in the user specification.

   Security implications of fast_glob
     If the fast_glob option is in use, it is not possible to reliably negate commands where the
     path name includes globbing (aka wildcard) characters.  This is because the C library's
     fnmatch(3) function cannot resolve relative paths.  While this is typically only an
     inconvenience for rules that grant privileges, it can result in a security issue for rules
     that subtract or revoke privileges.

     For example, given the following sudoers entry:

     john    ALL = /usr/bin/passwd [a-zA-Z0-9]*, /usr/bin/chsh [a-zA-Z0-9]*,\
                   /usr/bin/chfn [a-zA-Z0-9]*, !/usr/bin/* root

     User john can still run /usr/bin/passwd root if fast_glob is enabled by changing to /usr/bin
     and running ./passwd root instead.

   Preventing shell escapes
     Once sudo executes a program, that program is free to do whatever it pleases, including run
     other programs.  This can be a security issue since it is not uncommon for a program to
     allow shell escapes, which lets a user bypass sudo's access control and logging.  Common
     programs that permit shell escapes include shells (obviously), editors, paginators, mail and
     terminal programs.

     There are two basic approaches to this problem:

     restrict  Avoid giving users access to commands that allow the user to run arbitrary
               commands.  Many editors have a restricted mode where shell escapes are disabled,
               though sudoedit is a better solution to running editors via sudo.  Due to the
               large number of programs that offer shell escapes, restricting users to the set of
               programs that do not is often unworkable.

     noexec    Many systems that support shared libraries have the ability to override default
               library functions by pointing an environment variable (usually LD_PRELOAD) to an
               alternate shared library.  On such systems, sudo's noexec functionality can be
               used to prevent a program run by sudo from executing any other programs.  Note,
               however, that this applies only to native dynamically-linked executables.
               Statically-linked executables and foreign executables running under binary
               emulation are not affected.

               The noexec feature is known to work on SunOS, Solaris, *BSD, Linux, IRIX, Tru64
               UNIX, MacOS X, HP-UX 11.x and AIX 5.3 and above.  It should be supported on most
               operating systems that support the LD_PRELOAD environment variable.  Check your
               operating system's manual pages for the dynamic linker (usually ld.so, ld.so.1,
               dyld, dld.sl, rld, or loader) to see if LD_PRELOAD is supported.

               To enable noexec for a command, use the NOEXEC tag as documented in the User
               Specification section above.  Here is that example again:

               aaron   shanty = NOEXEC: /usr/bin/more, /usr/bin/vi

               This allows user aaron to run /usr/bin/more and /usr/bin/vi with noexec enabled.
               This will prevent those two commands from executing other commands (such as a
               shell).  If you are unsure whether or not your system is capable of supporting
               noexec you can always just try it out and check whether shell escapes work when
               noexec is enabled.

     Note that restricting shell escapes is not a panacea.  Programs running as root are still
     capable of many potentially hazardous operations (such as changing or overwriting files)
     that could lead to unintended privilege escalation.  In the specific case of an editor, a
     safer approach is to give the user permission to run sudoedit (see below).

   Secure editing
     The sudoers plugin includes sudoedit support which allows users to securely edit files with
     the editor of their choice.  As sudoedit is a built-in command, it must be specified in
     sudoers without a leading path.  However, it may take command line arguments just as a
     normal command does.  For example, to allow user operator to edit the “message of the day”
     file:

           operator        sudoedit /etc/motd

     The operator user then runs sudoedit as follows:

           $ sudoedit /etc/motd

     The editor will run as the operator user, not root, on a temporary copy of /etc/motd.  After
     the file has been edited, /etc/motd will be updated with the contents of the temporary copy.

   Time stamp file checks
     sudoers will check the ownership of its time stamp directory (/var/lib/sudo by default) and
     ignore the directory's contents if it is not owned by root or if it is writable by a user
     other than root.  On systems that allow non-root users to give away files via chown(2), if
     the time stamp directory is located in a world-writable directory (e.g., /tmp), it is
     possible for a user to create the time stamp directory before sudo is run.  However, because
     sudoers checks the ownership and mode of the directory and its contents, the only damage
     that can be done is to “hide” files by putting them in the time stamp dir.  This is unlikely
     to happen since once the time stamp dir is owned by root and inaccessible by any other user,
     the user placing files there would be unable to get them back out.

     sudoers will not honor time stamps set far in the future.  Time stamps with a date greater
     than current_time + 2 * TIMEOUT will be ignored and sudo will log and complain.  This is
     done to keep a user from creating his/her own time stamp with a bogus date on systems that
     allow users to give away files if the time stamp directory is located in a world-writable
     directory.

     On systems where the boot time is available, sudoers will ignore time stamps that date from
     before the machine booted.

     Since time stamp files live in the file system, they can outlive a user's login session.  As
     a result, a user may be able to login, run a command with sudo after authenticating, logout,
     login again, and run sudo without authenticating so long as the time stamp file's
     modification time is within 15 minutes (or whatever the timeout is set to in sudoers).  When
     the tty_tickets option is enabled, the time stamp has per-tty granularity but still may
     outlive the user's session.  On Linux systems where the devpts filesystem is used, Solaris
     systems with the devices filesystem, as well as other systems that utilize a devfs
     filesystem that monotonically increase the inode number of devices as they are created (such
     as Mac OS X), sudoers is able to determine when a tty-based time stamp file is stale and
     will ignore it.  Administrators should not rely on this feature as it is not universally
     available.

DEBUGGING

     Versions 1.8.4 and higher of the sudoers plugin support a flexible debugging framework that
     can help track down what the plugin is doing internally if there is a problem.  This can be
     configured in the sudo.conf(5) file.

     The sudoers plugin uses the same debug flag format as the sudo front-end:
     subsystem@priority.

     The priorities used by sudoers, in order of decreasing severity, are: crit, err, warn,
     notice, diag, info, trace and debug.  Each priority, when specified, also includes all
     priorities higher than it.  For example, a priority of notice would include debug messages
     logged at notice and higher.

     The following subsystems are used by the sudoers plugin:

     alias     User_Alias, Runas_Alias, Host_Alias and Cmnd_Alias processing

     all       matches every subsystem

     audit     BSM and Linux audit code

     auth      user authentication

     defaults  sudoers Defaults settings

     env       environment handling

     ldap      LDAP-based sudoers

     logging   logging support

     match     matching of users, groups, hosts and netgroups in sudoers

     netif     network interface handling

     nss       network service switch handling in sudoers

     parser    sudoers file parsing

     perms     permission setting

     plugin    The equivalent of main for the plugin.

     pty       pseudo-tty related code

     rbtree    redblack tree internals

     sssd      SSSD-based sudoers

     util      utility functions
     For example:

     Debug sudo /var/log/sudo_debug match@info,nss@info

     For more information, see the sudo.conf(5) manual.

SEE ALSO

     ssh(1), su(1), fnmatch(3), glob(3), mktemp(3), strftime(3), sudo.conf(5), sudoers.ldap(5),
     sudo_plugin(8), sudo(8), visudo(8)

CAVEATS

     The sudoers file should always be edited by the visudo command which locks the file and does
     grammatical checking.  It is imperative that sudoers be free of syntax errors since sudo
     will not run with a syntactically incorrect sudoers file.

     When using netgroups of machines (as opposed to users), if you store fully qualified host
     name in the netgroup (as is usually the case), you either need to have the machine's host
     name be fully qualified as returned by the hostname command or use the fqdn option in
     sudoers.

BUGS

     If you feel you have found a bug in sudo, please submit a bug report at
     http://www.sudo.ws/sudo/bugs/

SUPPORT

     Limited free support is available via the sudo-users mailing list, see
     http://www.sudo.ws/mailman/listinfo/sudo-users to subscribe or search the archives.

DISCLAIMER

     sudo is provided “AS IS” and any express or implied warranties, including, but not limited
     to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose are
     disclaimed.  See the LICENSE file distributed with sudo or
     http://www.sudo.ws/sudo/license.html for complete details.