Add TouchID authentication to sudo

Now that I have a TouchID enabled Mac, I want to be able use TouchID for sudo access.

There’s a pam module available, so it just needs enabling:

Edit /etc/pam.d/sudo

Add a new line under line 1 (which is a comment) containing:
auth sufficient

(Leave all other lines in this file.)

That’s it. Now, whenever you use sudo, you have the option of using TouchID to authenticate.

Scripting it

It turns out that whenever there’s an OS update, /etc/pam.d/sudo is reset, so you need to re-add the line. Hence, I wrote a script called /usr/local/bin/enable-touch-id:

#!/usr/bin/env bash

set -e

case `grep -F “pam_tid” /etc/pam.d/sudo >/dev/null; echo $?` in
echo “TouchID unlock already in place”
exit 0
sudo sed -i ” ‘1a
auth sufficient
‘ /etc/pam.d/sudo

echo “TouchID unlock enabled”
echo “Error trying to read /etc/pam.d/sudo”

Don’t forget to enable execute permissions with chmod a+x /usr/local/bin/enable-touch-id and then you can simply run it after every OS update.

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