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Configuring sudo with the SSSD back end


This manual page describes how to configure sudo(8) to work with sssd(8) and how SSSD caches sudo rules.

Configuring Sudo to Cooperate with SSSD

To enable SSSD as a source for sudo rules, add sss to the sudoers entry in nsswitch.conf(5).

For example, to configure sudo to first lookup rules in the standard sudoers(5) file (which should contain rules that apply to local users) and then in SSSD, the nsswitch.conf file should contain the following line:

sudoers: files sss

More information about configuring the sudoers search order from the nsswitch.conf file as well as information about the LDAP schema that is used to store sudo rules in the directory can be found in sudoers.ldap(5).

Note: in order to use netgroups or IPA hostgroups in sudo rules, you also need to correctly set nisdomainname(1) to your NIS domain name (which equals to IPA domain name when using hostgroups).

Configuring SSSD to Fetch Sudo Rules

All configuration that is needed on SSSD side is to extend the list of services with "sudo" in [sssd] section of sssd.conf(5). To speed up the LDAP lookups, you can also set search base for sudo rules using ldap_sudo_search_base option.

The following example shows how to configure SSSD to download sudo rules from an LDAP server.

config_file_version = 2
services = nss, pam, sudo
domains = EXAMPLE

id_provider = ldap
sudo_provider = ldap
ldap_uri = ldap://
ldap_sudo_search_base = ou=sudoers,dc=example,dc=com

It's important to note that on platforms where systemd is supported there's no need to add the "sudo" provider to the list of services, as it became optional. However, sssd-sudo.socket must be enabled instead.

When SSSD is configured to use IPA as the ID provider, the sudo provider is automatically enabled. The sudo search base is configured to use the IPA native LDAP tree (cn=sudo,$SUFFIX). If any other search base is defined in sssd.conf, this value will be used instead. The compat tree (ou=sudoers,$SUFFIX) is no longer required for IPA sudo functionality.

The Sudo Rule Caching Mechanism

The biggest challenge, when developing sudo support in SSSD, was to ensure that running sudo with SSSD as the data source provides the same user experience and is as fast as sudo but keeps providing the most current set of rules as possible. To satisfy these requirements, SSSD uses three kinds of updates. They are referred to as full refresh, smart refresh and rules refresh.

The smart refresh periodically downloads rules that are new or were modified after the last update. Its primary goal is to keep the database growing by fetching only small increments that do not generate large amounts of network traffic.

The full refresh simply deletes all sudo rules stored in the cache and replaces them with all rules that are stored on the server. This is used to keep the cache consistent by removing every rule which was deleted from the server. However, full refresh may produce a lot of traffic and thus it should be run only occasionally depending on the size and stability of the sudo rules.

The rules refresh ensures that we do not grant the user more permission than defined. It is triggered each time the user runs sudo. Rules refresh will find all rules that apply to this user, check their expiration time and redownload them if expired. In the case that any of these rules are missing on the server, the SSSD will do an out of band full refresh because more rules (that apply to other users) may have been deleted.

If enabled, SSSD will store only rules that can be applied to this machine. This means rules that contain one of the following values in sudoHost attribute:

There are many configuration options that can be used to adjust the behavior. Please refer to "ldap_sudo_*" in sssd-ldap(5) and "sudo_*" in sssd.conf(5).

Tuning the Performance

SSSD uses different kinds of mechanisms with more or less complex LDAP filters to keep the cached sudo rules up to date. The default configuration is set to values that should satisfy most of our users, but the following paragraphs contain few tips on how to fine- tune the configuration to your requirements.

1. Index LDAP attributes. Make sure that following LDAP attributes are indexed: objectClass, cn, entryUSN or modifyTimestamp.

2. Set ldap_sudo_search_base. Set the search base to the container that holds the sudo rules to limit the scope of the lookup.

3. Set full and smart refresh interval. If your sudo rules do not change often and you do not require quick update of cached rules on your clients, you may consider increasing the ldap_sudo_full_refresh_interval and ldap_sudo_smart_refresh_interval. You may also consider disabling the smart refresh by setting ldap_sudo_smart_refresh_interval = 0.

4. If you have large number of clients, you may consider increasing the value of ldap_sudo_random_offset to distribute the load on the server better.

See Also

sssd(8), sssd.conf(5), sssd-ldap(5), sssd-ldap-attributes(5), sssd-krb5(5), sssd-simple(5), sssd-ipa(5), sssd-ad(5), sssd-files(5), sssd-sudo(5), sssd-session-recording(5), sss_cache(8), sss_debuglevel(8), sss_obfuscate(8), sss_seed(8), sssd_krb5_locator_plugin(8), sss_ssh_authorizedkeys(8), sss_ssh_knownhostsproxy(8), sssd-ifp(5), pam_sss(8). sss_rpcidmapd(5) sssd-systemtap(5)


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Referenced By

idmap_sss(8), pam_sss(8), pam_sss_gss(8), sss_cache(8), sssctl(8), sssd(8), sssd-ad(5), sssd.conf(5), sss_debuglevel(8), sssd-files(5), sssd-ifp(5), sssd-ipa(5), sssd-krb5(5), sssd_krb5_localauth_plugin(8), sssd_krb5_locator_plugin(8), sssd-ldap(5), sssd-ldap-attributes(5), sssd-session-recording(5), sssd-simple(5), sssd-systemtap(5), sss_obfuscate(8), sss_override(8), sss_seed(8), sss_ssh_authorizedkeys(1), sss_ssh_knownhostsproxy(1), sudoers.ldap(5).

05/05/2023 SSSD File Formats and Conventions