|A brief history of sudo:
|Sudo was first conceived and implemented by Bob Coggeshall and Cliff Spencer
|around 1980 at the Department of Computer Science at SUNY/Buffalo. It ran on
|a VAX-11/750 running 4.1BSD. An updated version, credited to Phil Betchel,
|Cliff Spencer, Gretchen Phillips, John LoVerso and Don Gworek, was posted to
|the net.sources Usenet newsgroup in December of 1985.
|In the Summer of 1986, Garth Snyder released an enhanced version of sudo.
|For the next 5 years, sudo was fed and watered by a handful of folks at
|CU-Boulder, including Bob Coggeshall, Bob Manchek, and Trent Hein.
|In 1991, Dave Hieb and Jeff Nieusma wrote a new version of sudo with an
|enhanced sudoers format under contract to a consulting firm called "The Root
|Group". This version was later released under the GNU public license.
|In 1994, after maintaining sudo informally within CU-Boulder for some time,
|Todd Miller made a public release of "CU sudo" (version 1.3) with bug fixes
|and support for more operating systems. The "CU" was added to differentiate
|it from the "official" version from "The Root Group".
|In 1995, a new parser for the sudoers file was contributed by Chris Jepeway.
|The new parser was a proper grammar (unlike the old one) and could work with
|both sudo and visudo (previously they had slightly different parsers).
|In 1996, Todd, who had been maintaining sudo for several years in his spare
|time, moved distribution of sudo from a CU-Boulder ftp site to his domain,
|In 1999, the "CU" prefix was dropped from the name since there had been no
|formal release of sudo from "The Root Group" since 1991 (the original
|authors now work elsewhere). As of version 1.6, Sudo no longer contains any
|of the original "Root Group" code and is available under an ISC-style
|In 2001, the sudo web site, ftp site and mailing lists were moved from
|courtesan.com to the sudo.ws domain (sudo.org was already taken).
|In 2003, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company contributed code written by
|Aaron Spangler to store the sudoers data in LDAP. These changes were
|incorporated into Sudo 1.6.8.
|In 2005, Todd rewrote the sudoers parser to better support the features that
|had been added in the past ten years. This new parser removes some
|limitations of the previous one, removes ordering constraints and adds
|support for including multiple sudoers files.
|In 2010, Quest Software began sponsoring Sudo development by hiring Todd to
|work on Sudo as part of his full-time job.
|sudo, in its current form, is maintained by:
| Todd Miller <Todd.Miller@courtesan.com>
|Todd continues to enhance sudo and fix bugs.