Quest Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: QSFT):
Quest Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: QSFT)
has taken another step to expand its contribution to the open source
community around identity and access management with sponsorship of
the Sudo project.
The open source Sudo project
will release version 1.8 of Sudo, which allows a system administrator
to delegate authority and give certain users (or groups of users) the
ability to run some (or all) commands as root or another user. The
newest version includes a new pluggable framework that makes it
possible to add extended functionality simply by loading a module. As
an open source project, the API is available for anyone who wants to
develop new modules that can plug into Sudo.
Quest will offer a free community edition and two commercial editions
of Quest One Privilege Manager for Sudo, adding further capabilities
in identity and access management through the Quest
One Identity Solution.
Quest One Privilege Manager for Sudo Community Edition targets
Unix administrators who want an easier way to manage sudoers, the
default Sudo policy file. Using the community edition, Unix
administrators will be able to have all their Sudo clients
retrieve a policy from a central policy server, eliminating the
need to maintain and distribute a master copy of sudoers to each
client. The community edition includes a new module that plugs
into Sudo 1.8 and a central policy server.
The commercial editions will include additional features to help
Unix, Linux and Mac administrators extend and enhance their Sudo
Quest One Privilege Manager for Sudo provides enhanced
centralized sudoers management. It is a module that is
pluggable into Sudo 1.8 to secure the corporate Sudo
experience. It provides role-based access control and
separation of duty features for centrally managing Sudo
policy. It increases productivity by providing tools to run
pre-installation readiness reports and remotely deploy Sudo
plug-ins. It also simplifies auditing by providing a Sudo
access control report to see which users have been granted
which elevated privileges via Sudo.
Quest One Privilege Manager for Sudo Keystroke Logging enables
administrators to easily add central keystroke logging and
reporting to Sudo. It is also a pluggable module for Sudo 1.8,
and delivers a simple way to enable, gather, store, and play
back keystroke log sessions for Sudo.
Included with the commercial offering is the Quest
One Management Console for Unix, which provides
centralized management and reporting of local Unix/Linux users
and groups, and now acts as the management console for the
Quest One Sudo plug-ins.
Todd Miller, maintainer of
open source Sudo project and Software Developer at Quest Software
?Sudo has come a long way over the past 15 years, and is now
available on most Unix and Linux systems. As a result, I often
receive requests to add new functionality, not all of which are suitable
for inclusion directly in Sudo itself. By adding a modular
framework to Sudo, it is now possible for third parties to extend Sudo's
functionality via pluggable modules. These modules can be
configured to load at run time so that, for example, Sudo can use an
external policy server. I am excited to see how the open source
community extends Sudo by building new modules as Quest has done.?
Sr. Director of Product Management, Quest Software
?Quest greatly values the work of the open source community, and our
commitment is demonstrated by our support of the Sudo project, as well
as development of the plug-ins to support the new architecture. By
sponsoring the Sudo project, Quest is enabling project maintainers to
move Sudo a major step forward, while expanding Sudo's relevance in the
larger identity and access market. Most importantly, this ensures that
Sudo will always remain a true open source solution.?
Availability & Get Involved!
Sudo version 1.8 will be available for free on Feb. 27. Both source
code and pre-compiled binaries can be downloaded from the main Sudo
Quest Privilege Manager for Sudo Community Edition is expected to be
available Q2. It will be available for download at no charge. Quest
Privilege Manager for Sudo Commercial Editions is also expected to be
available in Q2. It will have two options available, with North
American pricing beginning at $59 a module per server. A beta program
is currently being conducted. Contact Jason Fehrenbach to join the
Learn more about the new version of Sudo and Quest Plug-ins from Todd
Miller and Quest Software Identity and Access Management architect
Matt Peterson at Southern
California Linux Expo (SCALE) in Los Angeles, Sunday, Feb. 27, at
1:30 p.m. PST, in the Carmel room.
Talk To Us Directly:
We can arrange a quick phone conversation with our experts, or on-site
interviews at SCALE Feb. 25-27 just ask! Or stop by booth 11 at the
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