Somewhat OT: Is Full Command Logging Possible?

Paul Schmehl pschmehl_lists at
Sat Dec 8 01:22:13 UTC 2012

--On December 7, 2012 10:23:56 AM +0100 Fleuriot Damien <ml at> wrote:

> On Dec 6, 2012, at 9:20 PM, Paul Schmehl <pschmehl_lists at> wrote:
>> --On December 6, 2012 1:19:00 PM -0600 Tim Daneliuk
>> <tundra at> wrote:
>>> I understand this.  Even the organization in question understands
>>> this.  They are not trying to *prevent* any kind of access.  All
>>> they're trying to do *log* it.  Why?  To meet some obscure
>>> compliance requirement they have to adhere to in order to
>>> remain in business.
>>> <rant>
>>> I know all of this is silly but that's our future when you
>>> let Our Fine Government regulate pretty much anything.
>>> </rant>
>> I sent this last night, but for some reason it never showed up.
>> /usr/ports/security/sudoscript
>> I believe this will meet your requirements.
> I'm sorry to say it won't.
> Nothing will prevent a user from removing sudoscript's FIFO once he gets
> root privileges.

Well, sure, but, if someone logs in and sudos to root, that will be logged 
by sudoscript.  If the logging then ceases, that would be cause for 
disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.

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