Unix, Xenix and ODT General FAQ
This article is from a FAQ concerning SCO operating
systems. While some of the information may be applicable to any OS,
or any Unix or Linux OS, it may be specific to SCO Xenix, Open
There is lots of Linux, Mac OS X and general Unix info elsewhere on
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way to find anything.
If you are using Linux or BSD, see Using sudo. The rest of this arrticle is about old SCO systems
(which could use sudo but usually did not).
Setuid shell scripts are a major security hole, so that is not
allowed by the kernel. However, there are methods to allow users to
be given authorizations for certain tasks or even to run scripts as
though they were root.
For example, you can give users the ability to cancel print jobs
and manage printers simply by adding that authorization through the
User Manager in Scoadmin. If the specific task you need isn't one
of the available authorizations, you can use the "asroot" command
to give any capability you need.
See the man pages for "asroot", "auth" and "authorize"
Some systems do allow setuid shell scripts. See (for example) ksh: $0 is different when setuid and How can I get setuid shell scripts to work?.