how to run part of my python code as root

sjdevnull at sjdevnull at
Thu Feb 4 20:56:57 CET 2010

On Feb 4, 2:05 pm, Tomas Pelka <tompe... at> wrote:
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> Hey,
> is there possibility how to run part of my code (function for example)
> as superuser.
> Or only way how to do this is create a wrapper and run is with Popen
> through sudo (but I have to configure sudo to run "whole" python as root).

In decreasing order of desirability:
1. Find a way to not need root access (e.g. grant another user or
group access to whatever resource you're trying to access).
2. Isolate the stuff that needs root access into a small helper
program that does strict validation of all input (including arguments,
environment, etc); when needed, run that process under sudo or
2a. Have some sort of well-verified helper daemon that has access to
the resource you need and mediates use of that resource.
3. Run the process as root, using seteuid() to switch between user and
root privs.  The entire program must be heavily verified and do strict
validation of all inputs.  Any attacker who gets control over the
process can easily switch to root privs and do damage.  This is
generally a bad idea.

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