I would like to share a tip, frequently we need modify protected files (i.e. in an Ubuntu box) from WinSCP remotely, but sometimes that is impossible.

If you have a non-privileged user and want to edit a root protected file of an Ubuntu box but with WinSCP, you can do it with a few changes.


1. Server:

- Ubuntu 11.04
- Non-privileged user: chilcano

2. Client:

- Any S.O. but with WinSCP 4.3.6 (http://winscp.net)


1. In the server side add this line to /etc/sudoers

[sourcecode language="text" gutter="true" wraplines="false"]
chilcano@sso1:/$ sudo nano /etc/sudoers


[sourcecode language="text" gutter="true" wraplines="false" highlight="3"]
#### added
chilcano ALL=NOPASSWD: /usr/lib/openssh/sftp-server

2. In the client side open WinSCP and do the following

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="420" caption="Check SFTP protocol in WinSCP"]Check SFTP protocol in WinSCP[/caption]


[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="422" caption="Add customized command to sftp-server in Ubuntu"]Add customized command to sftp-server in Ubuntu[/caption]

3. Test it, open a protected file and modify. You could do changes on it.

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="465" caption="Open as ROOT from WinSCP"]Open as ROOT from WinSCP[/caption]


I hope this help you.