Sudo allows us to provide superuser privileges to a normal user with restrictions. It allows users to run programs with the privileges of the superuser. You can configure sudo to give root privileges to specific commands only. Anyone working with the sudo privileges always remember a famous quote:
With great power comes great responsibility
This tutorial provides you the instruction to create a new user with Sudo privileges on CentOS and RHEL system. Also, help you to allow sudo access to the existing accounts or remove sudo privileges from any account.
Creating User with Sudo Access
The adduser is the default system command to create new users on your Fedora system. In Fedora systems, a default group is created with the name “wheel” having sudo privileges. So we can assign sudo privileges to any user by adding them to the wheel group.
Let’s create a new user “tecadmin” and also add them to a group “wheel”.
sudo adduser -G wheel tecadmin
Make sure to use
-G in the capital, which is used for supplementary groups of the new account.
Next, set a strong password for the new account.
sudo passwd tecadmin
Assign Sudo Privileges to User
usermod command for making changes in the existing accounts. In this case, a user tecadmin already created on your system. Now add this user to a secondary group wheel. That will provide sudo privileges to your existing account.
To add user to wheel group, type:
sudo usermod -a -G wheel tecadmin
This will just add
tecadmin user to the
wheel group. One can verify the same in the
Remove Sudo Privileges from User
gpasswd is an command-line utility for managing /etc/groups and /etc/shadow. With the help of this command, you can add or remove any user from groups.
Use the following command to remote remove
tecadmin account from
sudo gpasswd -d tecadmin wheel
In case, you have made any direct entry made to /etc/sudoers file. Edit sudoers file with
visudo command, search for the entry and comment that.
In this tutorial, we have discussed creating a Sudo account in the CentOS and RHEL systems. Additionally provides you the instructions to allow sudo access to the existing users. Also helps you to remove sudo privileges from the existing account.