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

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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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PAM login permission denied

I have an OpenSuSE 12.3 machine and can't login to the box either on tty or via ssh. As soon as the user logs in the session terminates and in the message "login [1234] permission denied" is printed. ...
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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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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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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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Force OpenSSH / pam / pam_ldapd to do pam_ldapd(sshd:auth) with public-key authentication

I have working pam_ldap authentication using libpam_ldapd. I'm using slapo-nssov and want to use loginStatus attribute which is added to users ldap entry after opening pam session and deleted when its ...
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Password policy on existing accounts not updated after making changes to login.defs

I have two old accounts that were previously set to defaults (no password expiration). I updated login.defs and /etc/pam.d/system-auth for stricter password policy. New accounts added to the system ...
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Allow user1 to “su - user2” without password

I need to allow user martin to switch to user martin-test without password su - martin-test I think this can be configured in /etc/pam.d/su. There are already some lines in that file which can be ...
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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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What happens when your password expires and you're using key authentication?

on one of the boxes I don't control at work I use ssh keys to log in. Our passwords are set to expire after a few months. What happens if I don't reset my password and it expires? will I still be able ...
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check “newness” / “is-read” of /var/spool/mail/$USER like pam_mail for custom motd script

How can I check with bash or python (preferred) if there are some unread mails in /var/spool/mail/$USER like pam_mail does? I'd like to use this for my own custom motd script, motd.dynamic
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How to log failed username and plaintext passwords in dovecot server using PAM authentication?

I am configuring web mail honeypot in centOS 6.6 using SquirrelMail, postfix and Dovecot. I need to log all the entered user name and plain text passwords for web mail login. Modifications done to ...
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Using pam_listfile.so with radius authentication

I have set up radius authentication on my machine (as a client - untested yet). The pam radius conf file has the shared secret etc. The radius authentication can potentially authenticate every single ...
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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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common-account line read order

My authentication is centralized in a LDAP. I've one login system who is working without any ldap so it's present in my /etc/passwd file. This my common-account file in pam.d directory. account ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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VSFTP local user works, but PAM users Permission Denied

I am attempting to configure vsftp to use PAM to authenticate virtual users on my Arch server. It seems so straight forward, I must be missing something simple. Configuration local user virtualftp ...
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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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Default umask 077 not applied at session start

I cannot get the default umask for a session to be 0077. I have edited /etc/login.defs and set the value to 077 there: UMASK 077 Also I've made sure the following entry exists in ...
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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 ...
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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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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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Pass login messages to tmux

When I login, I connect to a tmux session (either by exec'ing tmux if there is no current session, or exec'ing tmux attach if there is). However this means I don't see the login messages (/etc/issue, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Effect of entries in /etc/securetty

By default on RHEL 5.5 I have [deuberger@saleen trunk]$ sudo cat /etc/securetty console vc/1 vc/2 vc/3 vc/4 vc/5 vc/6 vc/7 vc/8 vc/9 vc/10 vc/11 tty1 tty2 tty3 tty4 tty5 tty6 tty7 tty8 tty9 tty10 ...
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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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How to prevent shutdown when an SSH user is logged in?

I'm administrating a networked environment and I had an interesting situation arise yesterday. When a host is required to shutdown by a regular user, it refuses to do so if other users are logged in ...
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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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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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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 ...