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Discussion on: Understanding Linux Permissions

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Jonathan Boudreau

There's also suid/sgid permissions. Normally, when you execute a program, it will run as the user which called it. suid will instead run the program as the owner of the file. For example, if you are logged in as user developer and try to execute a suid program owned by root, it will execute as root instead of developer.

su, sudo, passwd rely on suid to work.

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Thomas H Jones II

The extension to suid-/sgid-enabled operations being that, when you run auditing services on a system, actions are logged both by actual executing-user and effective executing user.