How To Run Particular Commands Without Sudo Password In Linux

Run Particular Commands Without Sudo Password

A while ago, we have published a guide that described how to force users to use root password instead of their own password when using sudo. Today, in this brief guide, I will teach you how to run particular commands without sudo password in Unix-like operating systems. You might wonder why would you want to do this. Read on. You will know.

Look at the following examples.

$ sudo mkdir sk
[sudo] password for sk:
$ sudo chmod 755 ostechnix/
[sudo] password for sk:

What do you see? It asks you to enter the sudo password, isn’t it? of course, it is. Whenever you try to execute a command with sudo, you will have to enter the password. We all know it. But, wait. I don’t want to enter passwords for some specific commands, even if I run them with sudo. Is it possible? Yes, certainly! That’s what we are going to see now.

Run Particular Commands Without Sudo Password In Linux

For any reasons, if you want to allow a user to run a particular command without giving the sudo password, you need to add that command in sudoers file.

I want the user called sk to execute commands mkdir and chmod without giving the sudo password. Let us see how to do it.

Switch to ‘root’ user using any one of the below commands:

$ su


$ sudo su


$ su root

Then, edit sudoers file:

$ visudo

Add the following line at the end of file.

sk server=NOPASSWD: /bin/mkdir, /bin/chmod

Here, server is my name of my local system.

Save and close the file. Reboot your system. Now, log in as normal user ‘sk’.

Try those commands with sudo and see what happens.

$ sudo mkdir sk
$ sudo chmod 755 ostechnix/

Did it ask you to enter the sudo password? Nope. The user sk need not to enter the sudo password while running either mkdir or chmod commands. As you see in the above screenshot, It didn’t ask me to enter ‘sudo’ password even if I used it in the command.

Except the commands mkdir and chmod, all commands will ask you the password if you use run them with sudo. Let us run another command with sudo.

$ sudo yum update

Look, this command prompts me to enter the sudo password.

I don’t don’t want to give sudo password every time I run this command.

To do so, switch to the root user:

$ su

And then run:

$ visudo

Add the following line in visudo file.

sk server=NOPASSWD: /bin/mkdir, /bin/chmod, /bin/yum

Save and close your file. Reboot your system. Now, check if you can run the command with sudo prefix without using the password.

Now, run the yum command:

$ sudo yum update

See? It didn’t ask me the sudo password. Similarly, you can add all the commands. These commands will run without giving the sudo password.

Can I re-authenticate to a particular command in the above case? Of course, yes! Look at the following example.

Switch to the root user and add/modify the following line as shown below.

sk server=NOPASSWD: /bin/mkdir, /bin/chmod, /bin/yum, PASSWD:/bin/rmx

In this case, the user sk can run mkdir, chmod, and yum commands without giving sudo password. However, he still have to re-authenticate to run ‘rm’ command.

Disclaimer: You should be very careful while applying this. This method might be both productive, and destructive. Say for example, if allow users to execute rm command without sudo password, they could accidentally or intentionally delete important stuffs. Also, limit the users to use commands without sudo password in the local system itself. Don’t allow s/he to use this trick on all systems.

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