Pluggable Authentication Modules handle authentication tasks of applications or services running on the system.

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PAM and fprintd

Occasionally I get an error on the login screen of Ubuntu 14.04 under unity. The problem occurs after waking up from suspend after closing the lid. Essentially instead of asking me first for ...
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dyanamically creating directories with pam_mkhomedir and mysql for vsftpd

I'm a Linux noob, so hopefully someone will be able to help me to get this up and running. I've installed vsftpd using the following instructions ...
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Setting up a script on an AMI box to create directories - vsftpd, pam, mysql

I'd like to first say I'm a noob when it comes to linux, so please excuse my confusion. I'm trying to setup vsftpd on a amazon ami 64 bit box, free tier micro. Following these instructions, ...
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Unable to determine your tty name on Debian Wheezy on ARM

while trying to create my Debian Wheezy image for a FriendlyARM mini210s ARM single board computer, I am bumping into this issue. I have opened a terminal via serial sudo screen /dev/cu.usbserial ...
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When running 'su - username', pam_group doesn't add additional groups from /etc/security/group.conf but sshd login does?

I am having trouble determining why su doesn't behave as the PAM configuration would imply. In short, using su to become another user should load secondary groups according to PAM configuration, but ...
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useradd PAM authentication failed

I needed to customize useradd command so i downloaded shadow-utils source package. Using configure-make i was able to compile the source , binary was generated (configure prefix) at custom location ...
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removing `nullok` from system-auth prevents any root password

[ this is a follow-up on my post on ServerFault : http://serverfault.com/questions/661136/root-accepts-any-password-how-to-change-to-a-real-password ] On an old system the root account accepts any ...
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Debian ignores PAM env variables (while Arch doesn't)

I have a weird issue with my Debian Sid system. I want to set a global environment variable in /etc/environment, which is supposed to be read by the pam_env module. Unfortunately, after having relogin ...
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Warn about password expiration without forcing change

It's pretty simple. I would like to figure out what combination of changes in /etc/login.defs and/or /etc/pam.d/system-auth-ac I would need to perform to allow the following behavior: I want a ...
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Password fail delay is too long - Linux Mint 17

As per the title, the delay after a failed password is very long. In /etc/pam.d/login, FAIL_DELAY is configured as auth optional pam_faildelay.so delay=3000000 however, actual delay is ...
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Configure pam_mount to prompt for password

I have configured my Ubuntu system to mount a cifs share using pam_mount and a credentials file (the credentials to access the cifs share are different to those I use on my Linux machine). I'd like to ...
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With pam_script, how do I pass PAM_AUTHTOK and PAM_USER in all cases?

I need to run a script whenever a user enters a password; the script should be able to reject that password, but shouldn't be sufficient. I placed the script in /etc/pamunlockscript/pam_script_auth ...
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Is there way to print the entered password in PAM?

We are using CentOS 6.5. We have a perl script for our automation testing. One of the script login to the user as non-root user and test "su -" command. This test case passes most of the times but ...
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How do I force a user to change a password at the first time login using ssh?

I'm trying to force a newly created user to change a password at the first time login using ssh. For security reasons I want to give him a secure password until he logs in for the first time. I did ...
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Can't get OpenLDAP and Pam LDAP working at all

Yesterday, I set up an OpenLDAP server and tried to configure it to be useful for SSH. Followed these two guides from DigitalOcean: ...
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Why libpam-systemd run interactively on apt upgrade, even when specified force-confdef/force-confold

I upgrade my packages using aptitude, specifying the apt options --force-confdef and --force-confold. This generally works, but the package libpam-systemd (204-5ubuntu20.8, on Ubuntu 14.04) still ...
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What's the correct way to authenticate a user without PAM?

as my related question doesn't seem to get much love, here another one: What's the proper way to authenticate a user via username/password prompt in Linux nowadays? In principle, I suppose I would ...
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Can't Login to Debian 7.7 with Kerberos/NIS user

I have a Debian 7.7 system I am trying to configure to use Kerberos and NIS, both served from an Active Directory server. I have kerberos set up such that I can kinit a set of credentials from the AD ...
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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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First sudo always slow

The first sudo I enter on my Ubuntu 14.04 server is always slow. The password prompt displays immediately, but after I press enter it takes about 10-15 seconds until the output is printed. All sudo ...
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While trying to ssh, pam_ldap always sends the password “INCORRECT” causing bind to fail

I installed ldap-auth-client nscd ldap-utils on lubuntu 14.04 running on a banana pi. I can successfully bind as the user using ldapwhoami, but I cannot log in via ssh: Auth.log: Oct 21 02:12:05 ...
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Integrate my own PAM module with the passwd command

I know that to integrate my module with the passwd command all I need to do is add the following line to the /etc/pam.d/passwd file: password sufficient mymodule.so My question is I want my module ...
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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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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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Expired password and SSH key based login with UsePAM yes

There is a SLES 11 machine. The users logs in via SSH and pubkey (mixed, some user uses password, some use ssh key) The sshd_config has: UsePAM yes PasswordAuthentication yes PubkeyAuthentication ...
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gksu -S ask for password only once even when set to three times in sudo configuration

I have a problem with gksu command. It always ask for password only once even when I set Defaults passwd_tries=3 in /etc/sudoers file. Command: $ gksu -S --debug ls No ask_pass set, using default! ...
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How to fix Module is Unknown error without logging in (PiLFS)

I've built a PiLFS distribution and was running it fine about a month ago. Now, when I turn on the Raspberry pi and attempt to login as root with the proper password, it gives the error Module is ...
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What prevents RHEL7 default PAM config's “nullok” option from allowing empty passwords?

The config /etc/pam.d/password-auth is included by several PAM services including sshd. This is its auth stanza: auth required pam_env.so auth sufficient pam_unix.so nullok ...
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Unable to login with password as well as otp in pam module

I have a query regarding PAM module on centos. That is, how can I login with user's one time password after user's password on a single screen? Like Username:rohit Password:.... OTP : .... on a ...
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ACL for a binddn user for PAM?

I've installed 389-ds and created a user and a couple groups. I then configured authconfig on a client to use the LDAP instance to authenticate the user. I've logged in successfully as that user. All ...
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How to allow pam radius module in centos for user's password as well as one time password

I have a problem with the PAM Radius module. Actually, I have it installed already under CentOS. I've inserted the line: auth required /lib/security/pam_radius_auth.so in /etc/pam.d/sshd and ...
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Is there a Linux capabilities(7) to allow a process to execute pam_authenticate?

I am writing a process that needs to periodically authenticate users (i.e. call pam_authenticate()). For security purposes I would prefer not to run this process with root privilege. I can use ...
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skip pam_fprintd.so with closed lid

I really love fprintd and I really love having my laptop closed while in docking station. But I hate both together. This is my /etc/pam.d/system-auth: auth sufficient pam_fprintd.so ...
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PAM authentication program in C recognizes only the logged in user [closed]

I am trying to write a C program to authenticate users using PAM. Here is what I have at present: #include <security/pam_appl.h> #include <security/pam_misc.h> #include <stdio.h> ...
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Can't load my PAM module - how to diagnose?

I've written a PAM service module, and added it into lightdm by editing /etc/pam.d/lightdm. But lightdm complains (in /var/log/auth.log on Ubuntu 14.04): Sep 9 14:16:48 Ubuntu-build lightdm: PAM ...
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Is it possible to login to a Linux machine with AD credentials without the machine beeing member of the AD?

I'm asking because as far as I know this is not possible with Windows machines since it's mandatory that a Windows machine is known to the AD in order to login with AD credentials. Is it possible to ...
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Run Script at fail login attempt?

Lately, I've been trying to create a Bash script to capture a webcam photo when a fail attempt to login is registered. First of all, I found 2 guides related to this (links at the end), they explained ...
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Kerberos Forwarding in SSSD

So, I'm trying to set up forwarding with Kerberos and seem to have some problems. On some of my servers I'm able to forward after receiving a ticket; however, some I'm not. My system setup is a ...
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What does “Cannot make/remove an entry for the specified session” mean?

Instead of logging me in, PAM greets me with the message "Cannot make/remove an entry for the specified session" after I enter the password. What entry is it talking about (and what session)? The ...
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pam_tacplus.so and sshd: skip user validation?

I'm trying to implement tacacs authentication on a freebsd box as a client. The box is actually a network appliance that SHOULD have this config built into its cli/ui but doesn't. Since it's built ...
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pam.d password hardening: nullok

In most all pam.d documentation or linux distributions that I saw, the recommend "secure" configuration for password is the following: password required pam_unix.so sha512 shadow nullok ...
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Restrict the times a user is allowed to log in

We have several Backbox 3.13 systems built on Ubuntu 12.04. One of my teenagers does not understand the concept of this thing called "sleep" and tends to get up to play on the computer. I'm trying to ...
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Howto Tell if a System authenticate with password only or through PAM

If my computer has the pam package installed and has the directory /etc/pam.d/sshd, does it mean for sure when I ssh to my computer, I am authenticated through pam modules? The /etc/pam.d/sshd looks ...
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allow only specific users to login via sshd, but refuse connect to non-listed users

I'm running a CentOS server (7.0) and I'd like to login via sshd as a user, not root. So I set PermitRootLogin no in the config file and su - after login. I've received lots of hacking activities and ...
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What processes on CentOS6/RHEL regulates user login but not password itself?

I was doing some maintenance via root account over ssh after several months of inattention. I shutdown, after startup I can't log in to root account at tty or via ssh. Fortunately, sudo works to ...
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Centos 7 and VNC access right?

UPDATE: I posted on the Tiger VNC forum and someone suggested that this may be a result of PolicyKit (now called PolKit, I believe). Does anyone know how to change this policy? These are all ...
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2 Factor Authentication in SSH using public key and PAM

I'm trying to setup 2 Factor Authentication. I want the user to login successfully if: The public private/public key matches (authentication method: publickey) or the password is correct My pam ...
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mount luks volume through pam with gdm

I'm on debian testing. I encrypted my /home with dm-crypt (luks). Following various tutorials I setup pam_mount to open it at login time. However when I try to login using gdm, it fails. The login ...
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Root able to login but non root users are denied - PAM

One of our servers is not letting non-root users login, but root can login without any issues. The following are the messages from /var/log/secure: Jun 24 18:08:43 jonnserver sshd[14470]: debug1: ...
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How to make a PAM substack “requisite”?

For the auth section of my PAM configuration, login and mdm etc. call common-auth. I have common-auth calling the following as a substack (as auth substack krb5ldap-cache-auth): auth optional ...