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Externally authenticate user within PAM session/PAM session within PAM session

Is there a way of properly authenticating a user from within a custom PAM session? I am currently writing my own PAM authentication module which allows the user to login via an external token. This ...
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DSA/RSA keys work with Linux but not HP-UX

I have an NFS mount that I use to log into many Linux/Unix servers. I created a passphraseless RSA and DSA key from with I copied the id_rsa.pub and id_dsa.pub files over to authorized_keys. total 9 ...
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A messagebox keeping popping up in my centos VNC server asking to change proxy settings?

I have included a screenshot of what it looks like. It keeps appearing and in the morning you to close it 50 times. Could you please help me identify where the problem lies? NOTE: It's CentOs 6 ...
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Enter user authentication details for a printer?

I have a printer which is configured using the correct drivers. However, the printer requires user authentication (i.e. a username and password) to print. Where are authentication details usually ...
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Is there an alternative to OpenLDAP / Kerberos? [closed]

Are there ways to do centralized secure network-based authentication & authorization and user management that aren't OpenLDAP and Kerberos? Frankly, Kerberos is a nightmare to configure, leaving ...
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SSH login from external authentication

Here is what I try to accomplish: I have a server with a git repository. I use ISPConfig as control panel for our websites and I want to integrate the ISPConfig API for email authentication as second ...
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WBC_ERR_DOMAIN_NOT_FOUND only for a specific account

Platform: RHEL 5.10 Version: Samba 3.6.6-0.136 Only on a single VM, one of my co-workers is able to log into the VM using his AD credentials without issue, whereas my account appears to have trouble ...
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OpenAM to OpenLDAP to SysAID (LDAP) Authentication

We just began using a new software called SysAid which uses LDAP to authenticate users. We have a client, which uses OpenAM to authenticate their users for a proprietary web application. Our goal, ...
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luks single signon

I've got LUKS (Linux Unified Key Setup) running on a couple of my Linux boxes. I've looked online but haven't seen anyone document how to make it work in a single signon option, but was hoping ...
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SSL Configurations for Intermediate certificate

I had implement a mutual certificate authentication and it worked successfully for following steps : create root ca (self-signed) create server certificate and sign it with ca private key create ...
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Configure SSL Mutual (Two-way) Authentication

I was asked to do it "Configure SSL Mutual (Two-way) Authentication" and I don't know where to start or how to test it . server and many clients . they can access code on server only if they have a ...
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SMTP Auth - SASL on Dovecot, Postfix and CentOS 6.2 (and Open-Xchange)

I am trying to get open SASL to work on CentOS 6.2. I followed this tutorial: http://wiki.centos.org/HowTos/postfix_sasl I suspect it works perfectly for CentOS 5.x so all I really need is an update ...
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nsswitch cache and nscd

I have an LDAP directory server installed that stores all the user data in one server and I have an ongoing authentication mechanism using pam to request user information from it. This works very ...
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How to do svn update without password on crontab [closed]

I'm new to svn and ssh. I'm trying to do svn update of 5 repositories in my local system every 3 hours on crontab. So, to achieve this I have setup ssh passwordless login using the below steps: ...
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How to securely automate running commands as root with “sudo su -”?

hint (on client side, how to encrypt files/pwd's): # encrypt pwd with ssh key: openssl rsa -in ~/.ssh/id_rsa -outform pem > ~/.ssh/TEMP-id_rsa.pem 2>/dev/null openssl rsa -in ~/.ssh/id_rsa ...
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Why do my sshd logs show many trys on invalid ports?

My ssh daemon is setup to listen on port 2221. I have also disabled root login from ssh. I don't understand why in auth.log I have attempts to log on other ports (example with 4627 here). May 17 ...
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basic explanation on NSS , LDAP and PAM

can anyone give me a basic explanation on what are NSS , LDAP and PAM and what they used for and what is their relationship/differences ?
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How to control authentication attempts in PAM?

I would like to configure the no. of times user will be prompted for password(authentication attempts) for login, before dropping the session. Does PAM support this case, if so can you help me out ...
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Execute a script automatically through pbrun?

There is a Unix environment named sftwrk01, uatwrk01, intwrk01 and some more I need to check the logs in each environment everyday by login in as below (through pbsu which is a wrapper for pbrun): ...
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Dynamic password authentication

I would like to know how can I (and if it's possible) create a dynamic authentication for a user in linux. The server would change the user password periodically and the user would use a program ...
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Connecting to Github from server

I am trying to connect to Github from a server running Jenkins. To do this, I'm copying my public key from another server, into the authorized_keys on the new server. All I'm getting is the ...
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SSH Authentication Mechanism

Doing a personal research project and I'm wondering: Why does SSH do its own mechanism negotiation rather than use SASL? At first I thought it might be to ensure confidentiality of the whole session, ...
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How to authenticate a user with PAM, that is not the user that started the application

I'm currently developing an authentication module for an application. The decision was made to do this by using PAM. I have made this work but it can only authenticate the user that started the ...
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Command-line web browser with Kerberos authentication?

QUESTION: Is there a Kerberos-friendly web browser usable via an SSH console? I have tried links but it does not seem to work with Kerberos (the webapp asks me for login/password even though I have a ...
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Throttle accounts after failed SSH login attempts

I have to set up a server that will allow remote logins. Obviously security is an issue. In this first pass we are discussing:- Locking a person for 15 minutes if they fail to login correctly three ...
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Allow a python application to run if the user's password is wrong

Is it possible to let a python program execute only if a wrong password is given at the login screen of my raspberry pi?
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How to disallow usage of an LDAP root account

I am responsible for a couple of servers at my university. All of these machines are configured to talk to the LDAP server of my departement to allow centralised user logins. On this LDAP server there ...
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Replacing graphical sudo prompts with sudo command

I'm trying to replace gksudo, pkexec and its ilk with sudo. However, I'm told that using sudo <graphical_program> is a bad idea. Would the following work as a decent replacement? sudo -H ...
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Is there any shared filesystem based on public key authentication?

I normally use NFS, however I am not so comfortable with the security as basically a root user can just change his UID to an arbitrarily one in order to obtain access to a shared folder. Moreover, ...
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How do I impersonate a windows domain account user from a linux process?

I'm running a process on a Unix box (I think it's a recent version of Red Hat, I can check for more detailed info if relevant), under a local user. I would like to access some network resources, via ...
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Can't su root after editing PAM confiugration on Rackspace Linux box

I've just hosed a system. Working on pam-ldap on an Ubuntu box, I've run pam-auth-update and told it to override local modifications (which had previously allowed for sudo su, but I was having issues ...
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Setting up Samba to use AD server for authentication?

I am looking for howtos or instructions on setting up Samba to use an AD server for authentication instead of using a Samba password file. Pointers to documentation helpful, especially the right ...
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ssh fails for an unix server due to dual layer of authentication

I have a server which has dual authentication layer. Meaning first a user has to login to the box using his userid and then use a group id to access the development folder (say). Now I have a script ...
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What strings should I look for in /var/log/auth.log?

I wrote a bash command to scan /var/log/auth.log for messages occurring on the current day indicating unauthorised access. Currently it just fetches messages matching BREAK-IN and unauthorized. What ...
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Simple Radius authentication

I'm looking into using Radius as an authentication server for a few Ubuntu servers when accessing through SSH. I have tried using libpam-radius-auth but it doesn't work quite as I need. My goal is to ...
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Why is gksu asking me for root password and not my password?

On one of my systems, I'm running Gentoo Linux and I've installed x11-libs/gksu-2.0.2-r1. I've disabled the root account using sudo passwd -dl root and I want to be able to run GUI apps which need ...
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CUPS not working correctly after Debian Wheezy -> Jessie upgrade because of a faulty libpam

I just upgraded a Debian Wheezy to Jessie, by changing the /etc/apt/sources.lst. If important: I pinned systemd to stay with sysvinit, and after the upgrade I removed the pin. If I now do apt-get ...
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Directory Server doing lookups on one ldap server and authintication on another ldap server

I have an old Centos Directory Server and a new 389 Directory Server. I don't want to use sssd at the moment so lets keep that suggestion off the table. I do the following my RHEL 6.4 servers: ...
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What is difference between pbrun and sudo command?

What is difference between pbrun and sudo command? I have seen people executing pbrun sudo su - what this means? I know su -, it will try to switch to root user. What speciality pbrun gives to sudo ...
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how to pass a password with a cron job safely?

I have a site map generator script placed in this URL http://www.mydomain.com/admin/sitemapgen/ However this URL is protected with an username and a password in auth_type basic method. I need to ...
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Cannot login for one user, changing password have no effect

I have change the user's (user1) password using root passwd user1 but when i tried to ssh user@localhost or through gdm or tty it always failed the journalctl log shows Failed password for user1 ...
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Apache authentication mutiple domain but same subdirectory

I've got several sites: example.com, example1.com, and example2.com in my wordpress. All of them point to my server's /public_html folder, which is my Apache root folder. What do I need to add to my ...
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How does the authentication process with the salted hash in shadow work

Does the supplied password during login get converted to a salted hash and then compared to the one in /etc/shadow? /what if the user is in LDAP but not in the shadow file? Would it use kerberos?
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Reset password for regular user who is locked out

I'm a complete noob in Linux and I'm stuck in a situation where I'm logged in an Linux box from putty but on of my colleague, who was trying to login on same machine from his machine blocked my user ...
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How to get the authentication status from the last PAM module run

If I have the following PAM stack: auth required default_pam.so auth requisite my_custom_pam.so .... How do you obtain the authentication status from the last/previous PAM module run for use in ...
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How to configure Samba to use Windows's login ID?

I'm trying to access the Linux share folder from Windows using Windows's domain authentication. I come across the integration of Windows Active Directory into Samba on a Linux box, thus I have this ...
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Mount home partition on user login

I got a VPS with a user dedicated to store my files. As i am aware of the current situation with the NSA and many other governments, and my VPS is hosted on a doubtful country i would like to ensure ...
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Where would I find where an .htaccess file is located and being used on a Mac OS X Lion server that sets Basic Auth on an Apache server?

I've installed some software, namely, a continuous integration (CI) server (Jenkins) on a Mac Mini running Lion Server. The server, by default, runs from port 8080 on local host via the url: ...
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Certificate extensions in generating and signing certificartes using openssl

References: SSL Configurations for Intermediate certificate How to add my own created certificate authority to system trusted repositories Why I can't find a page which tell me what's the kind of ...
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Failed to sign CSR with the CA root key

I'm trying to implement Mutual Certificate Authentication , I have to be the CA and server at the same time , generate certificates and sign them for users. and I'm following this tutorial which is a ...