Sudo Problems

Rob Brown rob.brown at
Thu Aug 17 20:30:23 EDT 2006

This is what mine looks like

ls -l /usr/bin/sudo
---s--x--x 2 root root 97072 Aug 17 17:38 /usr/bin/sudo

Now when I was looking this up on the internet before I mentioned it here,
people said that they did a 
chmod 0755 /
I would try that but it just doesn't seem like that is the right thing to
do...  I mean some things in / have those settings already but to give the
whole thing that does not seem accurate.

-----Original Message-----
From: John Abreau [mailto:john.abreau at] 
Sent: Thursday, August 17, 2006 8:11 PM
To: Rob Brown
Cc: discuss at
Subject: Re: Sudo Problems

Rob Brown wrote:
> I installed Sudo on my gentoo server and when I attempt to use it, I get
> error.  
> rob ~ $ sudo su
> sudo: can't open /etc/sudoers: Permission denied
> rob ~ $ sendmail: Cannot open mail:25
> I have sudo installed on my gentoo laptop and do not have this problem.
> ideas?

ls -l /usr/bin/sudo
---s--x--x  1 root root 93816 Aug 21  2005 /usr/bin/sudo

The sudo binary needs to be owned by root and have its setuid bit set.

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