Linux - Wheel group

1 - About

The users of the wheel group are able to su to root. This usually consists of a group named “wheel” and a set of users that are permitted to use the utility ‘su’ in order to change to root.

The term is derived from the slang phrase big wheel, referring to a person with great power or influence

2 - Management

2.1 - Installation

  • Create a “wheel” group
  • Change the permissions of the su command so that only those in the wheel group may run it.

2.2 - PAM

In the pluggable authentication module, there is a wheel module. See the wheel PAM module

3 - Documentation / Reference

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