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My Ubuntu 12.04 server uses the google-authenticator pam module to provide two step authentication for ssh. I need to make it so that a certain IP does not need to type the verification code.

The /etc/pam.d/sshd file is below:

# PAM configuration for the Secure Shell service

# Read environment variables from /etc/environment and
# /etc/security/pam_env.conf.
auth       required # [1]
# In Debian 4.0 (etch), locale-related environment variables were moved to
# /etc/default/locale, so read that as well.
auth       required envfile=/etc/default/locale

# Standard Un*x authentication.
@include common-auth

# Disallow non-root logins when /etc/nologin exists.
account    required

# Uncomment and edit /etc/security/access.conf if you need to set complex
# access limits that are hard to express in sshd_config.
# account  required

# Standard Un*x authorization.
@include common-account

# Standard Un*x session setup and teardown.
@include common-session

# Print the message of the day upon successful login.
session    optional # [1]

# Print the status of the user's mailbox upon successful login.
session    optional standard noenv # [1]

# Set up user limits from /etc/security/limits.conf.
session    required

# Set up SELinux capabilities (need modified pam)
# session  required multiple

# Standard Un*x password updating.
@include common-password

auth required

I've already tried adding a

auth sufficient /etc/pam.d/

line above the google-authenticator line, but I can't understand how to check an IP adress in the bash script.

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What bash script? I see no bash script in your question. – Michael Hampton Dec 20 '12 at 0:54

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You cannot allow or deny authentication with pam_exec. What you should do is add something like

account  sufficient

just above the google authetnicator line and in /etc/security/access.conf put

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That should work. AFAIK there is no pam module that can be used to check the IP address of the client. The keyword in your suggestion is "sufficient". – tore- Dec 20 '12 at 8:47
Thank you! I never saw in the documentation that pam_exec could not allow or deny authentication, and kept trying to return exit codes from the bash script. – spudwaffle Dec 21 '12 at 2:34
I have tried this receipt and it does not work for me. My logical explanation is that is executed at auth cycle, while plays role on account cycle (later). I have changed the line to auth sufficient and it works reasonably OK. – dma_k Jan 4 at 1:41

I use google authenticator before account password. hence I can not use pam_access because of it bypass the account password. So I cloned and implement core whitelist functionality to the google authenticator.

You can get it from

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