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How can I limit Symform's privileges?

Symform's services expect to be run as root. For example, when I override what user runs them, they fail with errors such as: mv: cannot move '/tmp/symformtasks.98145' to '/etc/cron.d/symform-node': ...
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how to limit resources to a shared ubuntu 10.04

The title might not be explanatory enough but I couldn't find any better way to formulate it. I will be running a server for office use. It will host applications on tomcat. 2 differents people would ...
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80 views

How can I disable the Terminal Emulator for certain users?

How to prevent specific users from using the terminal emulator?! I make a trick by writing a script in .bashrc which request a user to enter a password to be able to use the terminal emulator. But ...
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467 views

Can I prevent/restrict standard users from installing/uninstalling software?

Can i prevent/restrict standard user from installing/uninstalling software in Ubuntu 12.04 desktop?
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79 views

Two users with same name but different passwords

Is it possible to create two users with the same name, and let LightDM choose between them at login if one of the passwords is given? For example, to anyone opening my computer, it would seem like ...
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1answer
226 views

Can I change user in the Unity interface without having to type password when changing back?

First of all, let me emphasize that I am talking about my home computer that I use for personal use. I have two accounts in Ubuntu: one for me, one for my wife. We don't use separate accounts to ...
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Ubuntu “1 time password on login” solution [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is it bad to run as root? I recently fully switched from Windows into Ubuntu. And of course I loved Ubuntu. But the most annoying thing is, system requires password ...
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462 views

What's the difference between root account and simulated roots?

So if I disable my root account with sudo passwd -dl root I still have access to sudo {su,bash} or sudo -{s,i} conceptually how are the elavated rights different from the root account? I know the ...
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Is There A Security Risk With Users That Are Also Groups?

I know a little about users and groups; in the past I might have had a group like 'DBAS' or 'ADMINS' and I'd add individual users to each group... But I was surprised to learn I could add users to ...
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Configuring permissions with Bastille

I was using Bastille to improve the security of my OS. To set this software properly, it ask you several questions related to security rules and you respond it (Y-N). I'm stuck at this question that I ...
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2answers
134 views

Where will my full name be used?

During installation, the installer told me my name would be used for things like the default 'from' in emails. So now I'm wondering: Where else will my name be used? What benefits do I get from ...
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1answer
475 views

Why is my new user being asked for a sudo password?

I'm running Ubuntu 11.10. I'm trying to setup a user that's essentially a clone of the permissions of the ubuntu user. This works but I'm not able to sudo with this new user without supplying a ...
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How to harden a ubuntu desktop?

We are planning to install 80 ubuntu desktops in a college. The management told us to harden the ubuntu desktop as much as possible, like the user should not able to customize system settings for ...
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1answer
198 views

Can issetuid() be cleared for a child process? [closed]

I have a wrapper script A which is calling program B. A must be invoked as root so some initial setup can happen. After that, A calls setuid() and setgid() to reduce its own privileges, for safety and ...
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272 views

Secure my root account

i want to know how to change the user name of my root account from root to xyz. Also I want to know how to remove the option of boot into rescue mode from grub option at the boot time.
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2answers
635 views

How to make secondary partition accessible to me (and root) only

I have workstation with 160GB HDD capacity. I have partitioned it with: 40GB -- for OS(Ubuntu) Installation 40GB -- for my personal data, and 80GB -- for all other (public) data. I have ...
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1answer
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Is it safe to run a GUI program as another user?

I need to run a program (libreoffice) as another user. I noticed that the program started in the background when invoked as kdesudo -u otheruser libreoffice, possibly to avoid social engineering ...
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Why is it bad to login as root?

I've often come across posts on forums or other websites where you see people joking in such a manner about running/logging in as root as if it's something awful and everyone ought to know about it. ...