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

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ldap 389 server with sssd client, cannot modify password

I setup the 389 ldap server on a fedora system. I can authenticate against the system, but I cannot update/modify a password neither as root nor as user. user root gets a "Password reset by root is ...
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rsh shows “poll: protocol failure in circuit setup”, why?

In the starting rsh worked properly, but after making some changes it shows some error [changes are shown in the end of this question, see that], I am sharing the same. Command $ /usr/bin/rsh ...
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Why does .pam_environment not include $HOME in my new path?

I created a /home/myname/.pam_environment file containing PATH DEFAULT=${PATH}:${HOME}/apps/flyway But my new path doesn't end with /home/myname/apps/flyway. Why not? $ echo $PATH ...
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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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Async or Parallel PAM Authentication

I did a long google search on PAM authentication. From various sources what i learned is There is a PAM Call stack, which loads config files from different sources. Based on order of modules,its ...
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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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Can Linux ldap users still available if ldap server is unlinked?

I have a Linux with some users have their password in /etc/shadow and other authenticate through LDAP. Is there a way to make user that have their password stored on ldap continuing to be available ...
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pam_unix delay every 5 attempts

On linux whenever I provide the wrong password, I have to wait 3 seconds. I find this quite annoying and prefer the windows default: no delay until the fifth fail, then it delays for 15 seconds or ...
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pam_pkcs11 - Peer's certificate issuer has been marked as not trusted by the user

Whenever I try to use PAM with a smart card via pam_pkcs11.so I get the following error: DEBUG:cert_vfy.c:38: Couldn't verify Cert: Peer's ceritifacte issuer has been marked as not trusted by the ...
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Disable null password for root user on Sunsolaris machine?

Currently i am using a SunSolaris machine: bash-3.00# uname -a SunOS labxxxx 5.10 Generic_144488-17 sun4u sparc SUNW,Netra-240 bash-3.00# When i try to set null(blank) password for root, it let me ...
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Is it possible to have a daemon run a process as another user WITHOUT having a superuser daemon?

I'm working on a project at the moment where I have a daemon that needs to run a process as another user. I would like the daemon to not run as root if possible. However, i'm struggling to figure out ...
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Linux + LDAP/ActiveDirectory: Can't create a private group for the user like “username:username”

My apologies first for not phrasing this question very well, because it's difficult to Google. (Try finding a Google answer with the terms "self user group" in it.) Normally, with PAM in Linux, when ...
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How to stop sudo PAM messages in auth.log for a specific user?

I am using Zabbix for monitoring my environment and zabbix_agentd executes as user zabbix one custom script every 60 seconds; it uses sudo to run this script as root. In /var/log/auth.log I see every ...
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How to allow unauthenticated logins over ssh on FreeBSD?

I created an account ckurs on my FreeBSD 10 workstation. This account uses a custom shell-script as a login-shell that attaches the user to a tmux-session in read-only mode. I have sufficiently ...
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PAM filtering via IP for SSH

I know this is probably a bit of a nube question, but I need some input. So if I use last I can see my IP, and it's also in my auth log whether failed or accepted, eg. Dec 9 19:30:16 wilhelm ...
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don't jump to same user-defined chain twice

In my /etc/pam.d/sshd I have a line: session optional pam_exec.so /usr/local/bin/pam_exec_sshd It calls my script whenever I do ssh login or logout. Script contents: #!/bin/bash ...
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How can I set up centralized home directories and user authentication using LDAP and NFS?

I am trying to configure my server to authenticate users using LDAP and save their home directories on a NFS-Directory, also located on the server. i.e.: I share a directory on my server: /nfsexport ...
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How do I enable GDM login for root on Debian?

I want the root user to be able to log in via GDM on Debian Wheezy. I have read about modifying GDM and/or PAM configuration files but the instructions I have found describe specific file layouts ...
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Pamtester automate password testing

We have a system image which uses a default password for root. This should be changed, though I have a feeling not all users do this. I know I can test login with pamtester: # pamtester system-auth ...
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try_first_pass in module cracklib

I'm a bit confused about the actual meaning of option try_first_pass of module pam_cracklib, I've found that: try_first_pass: This option is not supported by cracklib in the default PAM ...
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How to configure pam.d config files in CentOS

I am hardening a CentOS 6.7 VM to CIS standards. https://benchmarks.cisecurity.org/tools2/linux/CIS_CentOS_Linux_6_Benchmark_v1.1.0.pdf The above is the document I am using to harden the image. I am ...
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How to achieve conditional PAM authentication?

I am currently using auth required pam_unix.so try_first_pass nullok auth optional pam_ssh.so use_first_pass (plus some other, probably irrelevant entries Arch Linux added by default), which means ...
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Physically override linux credentials

Say someone gains physical access to my computer, and they want to login to my account and see everything I have. Is it possible that they take the hard-drive out of my computer, modify the file ...
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Doesn't these program respect nsswitch?

I've set up LDAP and nsswitch on ubuntu and to some extent it seem to work. For example getent passwd lists accounts from both /etc/passwd and LDAP server. However for example id <user>, sudo ...
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How to log messages from a pam module?

The problem I am trying to solve is that I want to know if a certain PAM config file is being used or not. The latest version of IBM MQ (V8) provides a PAM file /etc/pam.d/ibmmq. We're ...
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pam sshd: run as root but get user ip

I am trying to make a little script run by pam sshd session optional pam_exec.so /foo/myscript that would want to check the ip of the connecting user and if already in my database, do nothing, if ...
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lost ability to sudo after modifying pam module

On one of our RHEL6 servers I made a change to /etc/pam/d/system-auth and password-auth then after rebooting lost the ability to sudo and su. Specifically I changed this line: auth sufficient ...
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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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Unable to log into Cockpit server - could not set limit for 'nofile'

I have Cockpit installed on a Fedora 22 VPS that I use for educational purposes. I tried logging into Cockpit from my browser, but I was given a "Permission denied" message, despite using the correct ...
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Why does pam_mount ask for password?

I used the pam-auth-update tool in order to enable some pam configuration profiles: PAM configuration PAM profiles to enable: [*] encfs encrypted home directories [*] Unix ...
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Will `sufficient` override `requisite`?

I just read the pam.d man page. It states: required: failure of such a PAM will ultimately lead to the PAM-API returning failure [...] and requisite: like required, [...] and ...
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Linux PAM: add specific lib to Makefile and compile a single module

I am dealing with the development of a custom PAM module for a CentOS7 system. As starting point, I'd like to use the project linux-pam, specifically: compiling only the pam_permit module; adding as ...
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Using PAM, how is minimum number of days between password changes set?

On my Amazon Linux (RHEL-derived) system, within /etc/login.defs, I've set the minimum number of days between password changes to 1 day: PASS_MIN_DAYS 1. I thought I should be doing that with PAM ...
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Calling a password checking command from PHP using exec() - how to escape user input?

I am working on a PHP-based website where the login form needs to authenticate against local users on the system via PAM - in other words, they should be able to login successfully if they enter a ...
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Why is my traffic not encrypted when using pam_radius_auth?

I'm experimenting with Freeradius and have configured an ssh gateway to use pam_radius_auth to my ldap servers. In /etc/pam_radius_auth.conf I have: 10.1.1.21 ny3fa4bu7my6ku7 3 10.1.1.22 ...
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Allow SSH access but restrict root's access to a given set of IPs

I want to allow SSH for all users as normal except that I want to restrict root's access based on a set of IP addresses. So, users peter, paul, lary can login from anywhere, but root may login only ...
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persisting multi-factor user data for custom pam authentication in CentOS 7

I am designing n-factor authentication for CentOS 7 using a custom PAM module. When the user tries to SSH, they will be texted a pin code, and be prompted to enter the pin. Where should I store the ...
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How to add additional steps to login?

What I would like to achieve is an interactive program that runs either before or after asking the user for the password, but won't handle over the access to the computer unless it exited with ...
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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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Securest way to authenticate users against /etc/shadow using PHP?

This question became important to me, since I'm setting up a Horde environment and want to use the system accounts. Doing some search I found mainly 4 ways of doing that, which all seem to have some ...
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Can't setup mount of EncFS on user login

I've tried to setup EncFS to be mounted on user login as described in this guide excluding the Password Utility section, however it works with little success. The EncFS works properly ...
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How can I use different kerberos principals for sudo than for system-auth?

At my organization, we're required to use different kerberos principals when authenticating for sudo than for other types of auth, such as logging in. For instance, my regular (login) principal might ...
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Change password through linux PAM without running application as root

An application I'm writing will have some password change functionality. However I'm wondering if it is possible to not run the account management part of it as root. Right now I'm running into the ...
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Replacement for php5-auth-pam to authenticate website login against local users

I am working on a login for a PHP-based website where users should be successfully logged in if they enter a valid username and password for a local account on the system. Looking around, it seems ...
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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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Why is there a big delay after entering a wrong password?

I notice a weird (well, according to me) thing about passwords. For example, if I type an incorrect password during login, there will be a few seconds' delay before the system tells me so. When I try ...
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ConsoleKit reports active/is-local only on the second+ login

Running KDE Frameworks 5, Plasma 5, using sddm as a display manager. ConsoleKit and PAM-linux are both installed. Upon login (using the sddm login screen), ck-list-sessions returns FALSE for both ...
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How do you get `pam_succeed_if.so` to recognize `service` user?

I have a Linux system with a user named service. I'm using the pam_succeed_if.so module to match this username. For example: auth required pam_succeed_if.so user = service But it won't ...
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Why does PAM prevent root from using useradd?

I'm using Arch Linux on a single-user workstation with LXDE and lxde-session autologin to the regular user. I then "su" or "sudo" to root privileges, and try to run "useradd." useradd fails on my ...
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vsftpd fails pam authentication

Moving a tried-and-true vsftpd configuration onto a new server with Fedora 16, I ran into a problem. All seems to go as it should, but user authentication fails. I cannot find any entry in any log ...