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I'm running some scripts to check the UFW status and would like to run sudo ufw status without having to do sudo. I was hoping to find a firewall or ufw group to add myself to, but I didn't find any.

How can I allow any user X to do the ufw status without being root or asking for sudo password?


I wanted to try to add my own file to /etc/sudoers.d/, but was lazy so decided to copy one already existing, like this:

sudo cp /etc/sudoers.d/mintupdate /etc/sudoers.d/firewall_status

Don't do That! You will not be able to do sudo or login again. I had to do a boot recovery. Instead use:

sudo visudo -f /etc/sudoers.d/ufwstatus

Now just follow the accepted answer below.

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  • Would it be an option to run sudo ufw ... without password? I doubt that running firewall things without root privilege will work. – Thomas Feb 10 at 14:17
  • No, that would open a huge security hole. – not2qubit Feb 10 at 14:37
  • What would be the difference between to allow a group using ufw without and with sudo? – Thomas Feb 10 at 14:40
  • Well it depend on what you mean. If you mean to just chmod 777, then I'd rather say no, as any user could disable the FW. I'm looking for a proper solution to add people to groups or add specific users/execs to some sudoers list. – not2qubit Feb 10 at 14:53
  • One doesn't need sudo - simply service ufw status – waltinator Feb 10 at 15:28

Here's an /etc/sudoers.d/ file that works for me:

$ sudo cat /etc/sudoers.d/ufwstatus
Cmnd_Alias      UFWSTATUS = /usr/sbin/ufw status


Then add the new "ufwstatus" group (here added as a system group):

sudo groupadd -r ufwstatus

Your otherwise non-privileged user must be added to the ufwstatus group e.g.

sudo gpasswd --add testuser ufwstatus

In order for the change to take effect, the user needs to log in again:

su - testuser


testuser@xenial-vm:~$ sudo ufw status
Status: active

To                         Action      From
--                         ------      ----
22/tcp                     ALLOW
3389/tcp                   ALLOW
111                        ALLOW
2049                       ALLOW

but other ufw commands are disallowed (even slight variants, such as status --verbose):

testuser@xenial-vm:~$ sudo ufw status --verbose
Sorry, user testuser is not allowed to execute '/usr/sbin/ufw status --verbose' as root on xenial-vm.

testuser@xenial-vm:~$ sudo ufw disable
Sorry, user testuser is not allowed to execute '/usr/sbin/ufw disable' as root on xenial-vm.
  • Thank you! Exactly what I was looking for. This solved my problem with the small differences that: (1) su - testuser didn't work, so I needed to reboot in order for the new group and sudoers policy to take place. (2) Funny and contrary to logic, sudo ufw enable/disable and sudo ufw status verbose now also works without password. – not2qubit Feb 10 at 21:45
  • Nice answer - and avoids the "too much permission" problem! – Charles Green Feb 10 at 22:27
  • @CharlesGreen thanks - although I'm concerned by the OP's comment above asserting that it does allow passwordless ufw enable/disable: I don't believe it should – steeldriver Feb 10 at 22:31
  • I hadn't noticed that - I would have to try this in my VM – Charles Green Feb 10 at 22:33
  • BTW. I am running this on Mint 19.1 (Xfce), if that matters. – not2qubit Feb 10 at 22:37

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