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Sudo (su "do") allows a system administrator to give certain users (or groups of users) the ability to run some (or all) commands as root while logging all commands and arguments. Sudo operates on a per-command basis, it is not a replacement for the shell. Its features include:

The ability to restrict what commands a user may run on a per-host basis.

Sudo does copious logging of each command, providing a clear audit trail of who did what. When used in tandem with syslogd, the system log daemon, Sudo can log all commands to a central host (as well as on the local host). At CU, all admins use Sudo in lieu of a more...

What's New

Version 1.8.7:
  • The non-Unix group plugin is now supported when sudoers data is stored in LDAP.
  • Sudo now uses a workaround for a locale bug on Solaris 11.0 that prevents setuid programs like sudo from fully using locales.
  • User messages are now always displayed in the user's locale, even when the same message is being logged or mailed in a different locale.
  • Log files more...


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Stephenej Member IconComment+30

I would recommend doing the following fix more than replacing or altering permissions on sudo.

From command prompt:

If you have BBEdit:
bbedit /etc/sudoers
Or if you use TextWrangler:
edit /etc/sudoers

If you have neither:
sudo visudo

Add the following line to the Defaults (after the last one)
(Which should be Defaults env_keep += "HOME MAIL")
Defaults timestamp_timeout=0

Save it and now sudo will always prompt for a password.

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Version 1.8.7
Negritude Member IconComment+1081

I just submitted a change to this entry so that it would become the official listing for sudo, and it has been approved.

Now, read this important article about a vulnerability in the out of date versions of sudo that are included with OS X:


Until Apple provides a security update, the easiest way to fix this is to install a copy of sudo using the links in this entry (or via a package manager such as MacPorts), and then overwrite the Apple included sudo binary so that it can't be invoked. If you use one of the package installers, the sudo binary will be placed in /usr/local/bin. After installing, to patch your system, enter at a terminal prompt:

/usr/local/bin/sudo chmod u+w /usr/bin/sudo

/usr/local/bin/sudo cp -p /usr/local/bin/sudo /usr/bin

/usr/local/bin/sudo chmod a-w,go-r /usr/bin/sudo

If you've installed sudo via MacPorts, then the commands would be:

/opt/local/bin/sudo chmod u+w /usr/bin/sudo

/opt/local/bin/sudo cp -p /opt/local/bin/sudo /usr/bin

/opt/local/bin/sudo chmod a-w,go-r /usr/bin/sudo

As I said, Apple will eventually provide an updated sudo binary, but to fix it right now, the system sudo needs to be replaced.

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Version 1.8.7
Negritude Member IconReview+1081

Is this some kind of joke? This is not the official sudo distribution!

You would have to be clinically insane to install some third-party build of such a critical piece of your security infrastructure!

The official sudo web site is here:


If you absolutely must mess around and replace sudo on your machine, then download it from there only and build it yourself, or use MacPorts.

I can't even believe the insanity of this listing.

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Version 1.7.4p
Berndsworld (developer)

Its a newer version of the sudo command. OS X comes with 1.7.0 and it freeze all the time my machine :( I got bunch of idle threads and ended often up into rebooting :(

So it was very annoying for me, thats the reason i compiled a newer version. Beside this i decide to do it in 64 Bit finally.

There is nothing insane on that, sorry. Developers can download and compile thereselfes, just users who need it once a while might not be possible, this is the target group for the files.

There is nothing hacked into it, if you want i can mail you the tree i used (which btw is 1:1 the one from the website you pointed to)



If sudo is freezing your machine, then there's something wrong with your machine or with the way you're using it. Replacing an important system binary with one from an unknown source is highly inadvisable.


Users who don't even know how to build from source should not be messing with sudo. This is a solution that will lead to a problem.


Sorry, but I have to agree with the above. Not sure why the original comment I'm replying to got voted down so much. This is an important piece of OS infrastructure that the average user should not be messing with. Unix-savvy users can compile their own upgraded sudo if they want to, from official source, Fink, or MacPorts. I do not believe it is a good idea for people to be installing 3rd party versions of integral components like sudo.

Now, I'm not completely against providing an upgraded version of sudo. However, the description should VERY clearly state that this is simply an updated version of sudo, compiled from newer official sources than what Apple currently provides, and state what major differences are present from the Apple-supplied version. The description here absolutely does not do so.

Berndsworld (developer)

I had the description in, so i dont know why it is not in. Also with Links....

The Changelog is here: http://www.sudo.ws/sudo/changes.html

And to clear it, it is the 64Bit Version of the ORIGINAL Sourcecode without modifications!


> Users who don't even know how to build from source should not be messing with sudo.

And it can be easily built from source with MacPorts.

Cgc Member IconComment+511

How is this different than the SUDO command that's built-in to the Terminal and OSX? I'm a little leery of something like this...but maybe I'm overlooking something.

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Version 1.7.4p

It's just a newer version. 10.6.5 ships with sudo 1.7.0.

But unless you really need to be bleeding edge (requiring a fix found only in the updated version), I'd advise general users to stay clear. Installing such a mission critical (and a potentially security breech) program from an untrusted source is not advisable.

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Date 29 Aug 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
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