Tuesday, 25 October 2011
Monday, 24 October 2011
sudo does not request for a password of the administator account. It just elevates the execution of a given program or script. For example if you want to start a service as a normal user under Windows Vista or Windows 7 you would try the command net start [ServiceName].
This usually does not work. You don't have enough rights to start a service. Even if you are in the Administrator Group.
With the sudo command, you can elevate your script or program now. just type sudo net start [ServiceName] and a popup window will appear asking you if you want to allow the elevation.
Friday, 21 October 2011
Whenever I wanted to start any Service on a Windows 7 Box I had to either start the Services Management tool or a command terminal as Administrator. The runas command in Windows is not capable of running Script commands like ‘net start …’ and unfortunately there is no command like su or sudo in Windows.
Well, there is no built-in command su or sudo. There is a sudo project on SF. But it’s a .NET application where you will have to install and configure it. It is a great tool but for my taste it is to big. I was looking for a tool that we can download and run as is. No installation and no further requirements than Windows (Vista or 7) itself.
All I have found was not really what I was looking for. Either I had to install it or it required some quirky runtime library or it just didn’t feel the way I wanted it to. So I wrote my own. It isn’t perfect or in any way complete (yet) but it works and it is simple.
It’s written in C and uses WinAPI calls only. There is no requirement except the C Runtime library which is installed anyway. It does not provide running a process under a different user, it just lets you elevate the security level of the process to run. If the user has the privileges to run a program as admin he’ll be able by starting the program with the command ‘sudo …’.
I’ll release the software and the source code under an open source license in the near future. I just have not decided yet. Therefore I released only the binary as freeware for now.
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