is it possible to to have a sudo command executed with the admin password?

example :

sudo apt-get update -password is 'root' 

this is to put a command into an application on the startup of Ubuntu which needs root access

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    You could modify the sudoers file to disable the password prompt for the user that runs the program. – Cas Nov 26 '16 at 14:25
  • @cascer1 no its important to have the password enabled – Suhayb Nov 26 '16 at 14:29
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    Having password enabled but written in clear text somewhere is what you want? May you did not understand that @cascer1 is speaking about a way to selectively allow password-less execution for specific (user/command) pair which appears to be a quite good idea. The user will still need to enter password for any other sudo commands. You can have a look at sudoer file documentations. – A. Loiseau Nov 26 '16 at 17:57

If you want a particilar process to be run at startup as root then I'd suggest that you wrap it in a systemd/init.d script. For systemd something like this would probably work:

Description=Some command

ExecStart=/usr/bin/whateverprogram and associated arguments


Although in the above example I believe the User directive is superfluous.

Alternatively, without implementing some secrets management tool (see hashicorps vault, ansible has a similar feature etc) you're pretty much stuck with two options:

Create a /etc/sudoers.d/somefile with an entry to all a program to be run with elevated privileges without the password. Ie.

ALL ALL=/usr/bin/theprogramtorun NOPASSWD

Or you if you dont care in the slightest about the security of the system and your user is a sudoer you could try scripting up something like:

echo "thisisaterribleidea" | sudo -S /usr/bin/command

To pass the password in cleartext over the commandline


Well,best practice is:

echo "your password" | sudo --stdin command 

This will execute command first then fills the password you entered in the echo statement.

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    This solution has two negative effects. One is that the password will be in history of the shell and the second that you can't enter anything while the command executes. – pbies Nov 26 '16 at 18:38
  • @pbies well the first is a real threat ,i dont care about the second since i am trying to run a script bash on system startup – Suhayb Nov 26 '16 at 18:53
  • You can do that in /etc/rc.local file. – pbies Nov 26 '16 at 18:54
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    To lower a bit the first fact you may want to cat a private hidden read-only file. Another downside is that you need to review all your scripts when you change your password. – A. Loiseau Nov 26 '16 at 19:18

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