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Sudo Alternatives

Of course, Sudo isn’t the only game in town. I won’t comment on these other options as I haven’t spent much time working with them (and I’d probably be a bit biased). If you would like to add to this list, please send mail to

Open Source Sudo Alternatives

  • ssu

  • su1

  • op (originally shipped with ConvexOS, this is a free version based on Tom Christiansen’s paper)

System-specific Sudo Alternatives

  • The Solaris pfexec command can be used to run commands with extra privileges, as determined by the security profile.

  • AIX has support for role-based access control (RBAC) that can be used to assign fine-grained privileges to a user.

  • HP-UX has a restricted version of the sam system administration tool that allows non-root users to perform specific tasks.

Commercial Alternatives

Sudo-like utilities for Windows