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


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 resticted verson of the SAM system administration tool that allows non-root users to perform specific tasks.


Commercial Alternatives


Sudo-like utilities for Windows