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  • Why is sudo command asking for root password in RHEL/CentOs 6 / RHEL/CentOS 7?

    Follow the below link to get an overview of the syntax used in the sudoers file

    Understanding Syntax, Aliases, Variables used in sudoers file with examples
    In this blog I will try to keep my self strictly to the point of issue. You might have noticed that at times when you try to execute a command using sudo user it prompts for root password.


    For Red Hat 6 and older variants:

    You can see the below line in your /etc/sudoers file
    Defaults targetpw
    [deepak@golinuxhub ~]$ sudo /etc/init.d/sshd restart
    [sudo] password for

    As per this configuration ask for the password of the target user i.e. root.

    To fix this comment out this line
    # visudo
    # Defaults targetpw

    Save and exit the file

    Now the sudo will prompt for the password of the respective user

    [deepak@golinuxhub ~]$ sudo /etc/init.d/sshd restart
    [sudo] password for

    For Red Hat 7

    For disabling the root authentication prompt create /etc/polkit-1/localauthority/50-local.d/disable-passwords.pkla with below contents:

    Replace the variable highlighted with blue suitable to your requirement

    For example:

    Now you can re-run the sudo command as normal user, it should prompt you for the target user password

    Deepak Prasad

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    Why is sudo command asking for root password in RHEL/CentOs 6 / RHEL/CentOS 7? Why is sudo command asking for root password in RHEL/CentOs 6 / RHEL/CentOS 7? Reviewed by Deepak Prasad on Sunday, May 28, 2017 Rating: 5

    1 comment:

    1. I think this option has been changed to "Defaults !visiblepw" in RHEL6 and now it ask for user password.


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