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I'd like a user who is capable of managing the files of other users, but still must run sudo to access those files and functions outside of a /home/directory. Is such a user/group already defined in the unix/centos infrastructures? If not, what's a good way to acheive this?

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Right now I'm looking at setting chmod -R g+rwx admin to all standard home directories and running usermod -g admin deploy. – Chris Keele Jul 9 '12 at 21:07
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SELinux will allow you to do this. Create a role that has access to all home files and then assign this role to a user of your choice.


IBM developerWorks: "Role-based access control in SELinux"

RHEL 5 Deployment Guide: "Chapter 4. Security and SELinux"

SELinux Mandatory Access Control: "SELinux Lockdown Part Six: Customized SELinux Roles"

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It sure seems like you could expand on this answer a lot more. At least provide links to some relevant documentation or some page/blog with a somewhat useful example. – Zoredache Jul 9 '12 at 22:59
@Zoredache: Done. – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Jul 10 '12 at 0:53

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