Thursday, February 24, 2011

Quest Software Continues Contribution to Open Source Community Through Sponsorship of the Sudo Project

We just issued this press release that further re-iterates what our capabilities and plans are around sudo

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Feb. 24, 2011
  • 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 environment. 
  • 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.”

Jackson Shaw, 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.”
  • 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 website:
  • 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 beta program.
  • 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.
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