Creating a user in Linux with root privliges

Hello,

I have created an admin group called 'admins' and replaced %wheel in sudoers under /etc with this group.. I have created a user 'sysadmin' and added him to the admins group.

As a result of above the 'sysadmin' account is able to execute all commands just like root however, I am not able to write to any of the directories in Linux e.g. /tmp

Are there any additional steps I need to perform??  Please advise.

Thanks
fais79Asked:
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woolmilkporcCommented:
Are you aware that you (sysadmin) will have to prefix all commands with "sudo" in order to execute them with root privileges?

This includes of course all commands which try to write to a directory.

sudo touch /tmp/testfile

for example.

If you left your sudoers entry at the default "ALL = (ALL) ALL" you must enter your (sysadmin's) password before a command is executed.
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fais79Author Commented:
Oh ok, I didn't know that!  Is there an alternative and better way of achieving what I am trying to do above??  i.e. creating an alternative user with root privliges allowing to execute all root commands as well as have access to all files folders in Linux.. Just like it can be done by creating a user in Windows and adding to local Administrators group.


Thanks,
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fais79Author Commented:
I only edited the sudoers file by replacing %wheels with %admins group and didn't change anything else..
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woolmilkporcCommented:
Yes, that's possible by giving this user the UID "0", but it's not recommended, because it can create a big security risk.

Changes made by this privileged user can in no way be distinguished from those made by the original root user, whereas "sudo" keeps a log of the commands issued so you can at least keep track of these activities.
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fais79Author Commented:
Thanks for the advice, really appreciate it!

So basically what I have done so far is engough.  I don't have to make any further changes and just need to make sure that my colleague who will be using the sysadmin account uses sudo before all commands??
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woolmilkporcCommented:
Yes, correct!

And if you (or they) find it annoying having to enter one's password then change

%admins         ALL = (ALL) ALL

to

%admins         ALL = (ALL) NOPASSWD: ALL
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fais79Author Commented:
The reason I wanted an alternative account so that all the actions are logged so I think I rather leave it at:

%admins         ALL = (ALL) ALL

I will try this tomorrow and update u!

Many thanks,
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TintinCommented:
If the user types in

sudo -s

they effectively get a root shell.
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fais79Author Commented:
Tintin,

I tried sudo -s and it shifts to root shell hence, able to write to all folders which is what I want.  However, how can I log sysadmin's actions which are required for auditing purposes??

Thanks,
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woolmilkporcCommented:
Only the "sudo -s" command itself will be logged, nothing else.

By default, sudo uses syslog for logging.
This means that you must have an entry for "auth.info" (or a catch-all) in /etc/syslog.conf.

To protect the generated log against modifications by a local sudo user consider directing it to a remote syslog server.
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