I'd been meaning to ask what is the difference between su, and sudo.
Reading this thread, and OP's description:http://www.pclinuxos.com/forum/index.php/topic,90479.0.html
...has cleared that up, and put a note in my mind to study further.
From above link, posted by OP:
Sudo, when used ITMOTB, gives blanket, unlimited root privileges to a normal user, who can then literally run as root using his own normal user's password; there being no specific root password set, effectively the normal user's password becomes the root password, thereby removing an entire layer of Linux system security. (the separation of all normal users from the root user) This is the abuse of sudo we speak of. We feel that it is totally irresponsible, and it is that which we refuse to support.
Great to have such info on hand for bookmarking.
Really all I know is to not under normal situations login as root
, as this is Admin mode, if I may call it that. With such elevated privileges anyone can take over as Admin, or as I should say root. Every User is root. Im just a single User, and just use 'su' when needed.
I told someone today at a general forum, who was worried about not having a AntiVirus software installed on their UBuTO system that really they were mainly vulnerable if running as root.
So now I see that sudo is used on such systems as (UBuTO) they were obviously alluding that they were using sudo, and worried doing so.
I think I learnt a few things, thanks for the passion. Passion is good; after all it's a debate that needed to be had, at this time, and probably at a later time
I'll learn more each day; going out of my way to lessen security sounds like a bad move, although as pointed out it is appropriate to do so on some ocassions.
Honestly I only really feel safe gleaning info from this Forum.