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Using ID 0 to get ROOT privilages?

dsstao asked
Last Modified: 2013-11-17
Due to tightening SOX restrictions, we are in need of taking away the root account password from the AIX administrators (me and another guy) and giving it to the IT manager.  However, we still need root access to do our job and can't sudo because, with the commands we'll need, we could get root access anyway.

Another guy in our IT team suggested we just add user accounts for ourselves with an ID of "0" to match root's ID and give us root-like access.  So, my question is, is this possible?  What are the downfalls of using multiple accounts on a single ID, especially if it's Root's ID?  Has anyone done this successfully?

We're using AIX 5L.

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It is possible to create users on the server with the same uid 0, but this is as good as having root access. So, it is not recommended since you will be effectively root.

You need to run privileged commands through sudo.


ajcaruso00: to answer your question, the purpose is indeed for logging and this is what  I thought.  Even with sudo, it's possible to masquarade as root which makes logging again impossible, correct?
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Yep there it is - ok... thanks for the help!

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