Authenticate with sudo using Touch ID

Turns out it’s possible to authenticate with sudo using Touch ID, as per this (old) tweet by Cabel:

Note that this will work against when SSH’ing into your machine, and then trying to run sudo:

If you set this up, do realize that anyone who can access your account using their finger (*) can now also do wrong things.


(*) It’s possible to add more than one fingerprint to Touch ID.

In addition to my 2 index fingers, my wife can also access my computer using Touch ID.

Published by Bramus!

Bramus is a frontend web developer from Belgium, working as a Chrome Developer Relations Engineer at Google. From the moment he discovered view-source at the age of 14 (way back in 1997), he fell in love with the web and has been tinkering with it ever since (more …)

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