How to allow users to run root programs

Posted on 5:29 PM by Bharathvn

When a user starts a command, it runs with the permissions of that user. What if you want to allow them to run some commands with root permissions? You can, and that's called suid.
You can set a command to be suid root with the chmod command. This will make it run as root even if a user starts it. Here is how to set mybin suid root:

chmod +s mybin

Note that you must be very careful with this option. If the command has any security hole, or allows the userto access other files or programs, the user could take over the root account and the whole system.