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so I am looking around and see there are messages on the log files for when a login attempt is failed, accepted, etc., but I don't see anything specifically for when an account is locked.

Could any one help on how to set that up, like a locked out message when a user reaches the limit re-tries on CentOS?

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    Interesting question. What version of CentOS or RHEL are you running? – 0xSheepdog Jun 29 '17 at 16:27
  • CentOS 7. I am not sure if this is already in place and I just have to enable it or I have to set something up myself like, when account retries reaches limit create: account locklout message, for example. – dude Jun 29 '17 at 16:48
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the best solution is to check /var/log/secure file to see the successful and failed login attempts.And to collect all the records of bad login attempts by a user(john) you can use lastb john command.

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