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Thread: Need to see what ther Root users are doing while logged in to terminal

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    Need to see what ther Root users are doing while logged in to terminal

    I have a server that i need to monitor what the .bash_history file for the root user already logged in to the server

    I am logged in as root and have another person logged on as root and i want to monitor what they are doing:

    root ? :0 2010-10-19 11:54
    root + pts/1 2010-10-22 02:27 (
    root + pts/2 2010-10-19 11:59 (:0.0)
    root + pts/3 2010-10-22 03:41 (

    I am using pts/1 and other person is using pts/3 i want to see what they are doing and need to know how to do this with out scripting something to monitor activity.


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    Senior Member nihil's Avatar
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    1. Why are two people logged in as root, come to think of it, why is anybody logged in as root?

    2. Is this a legitimate root user or an intruder. The reason I ask is that it is reasonable to expect that if it is an intruder, they will attempt to obfuscate their activities and delete any evidence of what they have done?

    3. Is this a local access or remote?

    4. Is the requirement for historical, real time or both data?

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    AO's Filibustier Cheap Scotch Ron's Avatar
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    Not sure if this is what you want, but try this...

    watch -n 10 -d ls -l /root/.bash_history

    This watch command will run every 10 seconds and display the differences in the bash history file that have occurred since the last run of this command.

    However, you wont be able to ascertain which commands were executed by the various root sessions. It will simply tell you the commands that have been executed by user root. This will run real time.

    In God We Trust....Everything else we backup.

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