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I am trying to get Kerberos PAM to pull a ticket and not destroy it after an RStudio login on CentOS 7.

My rstudio file in /etc/pam.d/ looks like:

    #%PAM-1.0
    auth    required        pam_krb5.so retain_after_close debug
    session requisite       pam_krb5.so retain_after_close debug
    account required        pam_krb5.so debug

I know that RStudio is communicating fine with the PAM Stack because if I delete the first line, RStudio will not login. I an also do other manipulations that let me know the two are in sync.

Per the RStudio documentation, if I run the command: pamtester --verbose rstudio <user> authenticate setcred open_session

After entering my password, a ticket is created in /tmp called krb5cc_(uid) which is what I would expect. I can make the above pamtester line fail to pull a ticket by removing the setcred flag which tells me that this the key component.

A look in the Keberos PAM documentation says that session performs the same as auth but it runs with the command pam_setcred(PAM_ESTABLISH_CRED) flag, which is what I want. The same documentation says that if I add retain_after_close then the ticket should be retained. However, this is not happening and I'm not even sure it's actually pulling the ticket.

Any help is appreciated, I have tried nearly every combination of flags and parameters in the PAM file as possible but to no avail. Kerberos is a nightmare. LMK what else I can add to help. The log files are not useful unfortunately as they do not log an error due to the fact that PAM "silently fails" if a line is not understood.

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The pam_krb5 from CentOS doesn't support retain_after_close.

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I had almost word for word the same exact issue. The result was that the rstudio-server user who is running the web server did not have write access to /etc.

When the ticket is created the user is trying to write to that directory and cannot.

The tester works fine since it's being run with elevated permissions.

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Folks, I just realized that I had figured this out, but never posted an answer. In a nutshell, what I had to do is download the MIT Kerberos code (which is written in C++ otherwise known as Black Magic) and find the portion of the code which wrote out the kerberos ticket to the /tmp directory and change the code so that it did not add the 6 random characters to the end of the Kerberos ticket and comment out any section dealing with deleting or destroying the ticket.

I had to compile into a shared library (the pam_krb5.so file) and put my modified code into my docker container. It then worked. Unfortunately, I don't work on that project anymore and don't have access to the code. Really wish I had put that in my git.

On a side note, the paid version of RStudio supports this fine. This is a hack you have to do if you want to use the free version. If you need help finding the area in the code to modify, hit me up.

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