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Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2012 17:37:27 -0400
From: Wiliam Steck <>
To: Teguh <>
Subject: Re: The Dangerous of Fakeroot

this will only work if the desired user is in sudo and has permissions to
execute as root.
Otherwise, this post was a huge troll to get traffic to the website this
article is hosted on.

[20101:20100 - 0:501] 02:31:36 [nethic@...obus:/dev/pts/9 +1] ~
$ fakeroot

[20209:20194 - 0:501] 02:31:39 [root@...obus:/dev/pts/9 +3] ~
$ ls /root
ls: cannot open directory /root: Permission denied

[20209:20194 - 0:502] 02:31:47 [root@...obus:/dev/pts/9 +3] ~
$ python
Python 2.7.3 (default, Apr 20 2012, 22:39:59)
[GCC 4.6.3] on linux2
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>>> import os
>>> os.system("sudo su")
ERROR: object '' from LD_PRELOAD cannot be
preloaded: ignored.
[sudo] password for nethic:
Sorry, try again.
[sudo] password for nethic:
Sorry, try again.
[sudo] password for nethic:
Sorry, try again.
sudo: 3 incorrect password attempts
>>> os.system("touch /root/test")
touch: cannot touch `/root/test': Permission denied

Better luck next time <3 <3 <3

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