OpenDoas: a portable version of OpenBSD's doas command

doas is a minimal replacement for the venerable sudo. It was initially written by Ted Unangst of the OpenBSD project to provide 95% of the features of sudo with a fraction of the codebase.

At the moment only linux with GLIBC or musl libc is supported and tested.

Building and installing

$ ./configure
$ make
# make install

About the port

This is not an official port/project from OpenBSD!

As much as possible I've attempted to stick to doas as tedu desired it. As things stand it's essentially just code lifted from OpenBSD with PAM or shadow based authentication glommed on to it.

Compatibility functions in libopenbsd come from openbsd directly (strtonum.c, reallocarray.c, strlcpy.c, strlcat.c), from openssh (readpassphrase.c) or from sudo (closefrom.c).

The PAM and shadow authentication code does not come from the OpenBSD project.


The persist feature is disabled by default and can be enabled with the configure flag --with-timestamp.

This feature is new and potentially dangerous, in the original doas, a kernel API is used to set and clear timeouts. This API is openbsd specific and no similar API is available on other operating systems.

As a workaround, the persist feature is implemented using timestamp files similar to sudo.

See the comment block in timestamp.c for an in-depth description on how timestamps are created and checked to be as safe as possible.