I am using xscreensaver to lock my screen. When the screen is locked, any mouse movement brings up the login dialog. After a timeout, login fails with the message "authentication via PAM timed out"
The problem is that since nobody tried to log in (i.e. nobody typed password and confirmed with enter), this should not be considered a login attempt. And therefore should not be logged as such (should not be loged at all)
I often move the mouse just to make sure my screen is locked. Then, my auth log is flooded with useless logs which make the other, important information harder to see.
Is there any way to fix this ?
I am using xscreensaver 5.15-3 installed from a package in Debian Wheezy. I would be happy to recompile my package, if this problem could be fixed.
I have noticed,
xscreensaver is using it's own
pam configuration file:
/etc/pam.d/xscreensaver. Is there perhaps a way to modify the pam file to fix this problem? Perhaps ignoring "login attempts" when the password is empty?