Pluggable authentication modules, a flexible framework for configuring authentication, most commonly the login component of Linux systems, but used in other components and operating systems.

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Mounting NFS shares with pam_mount module

I am setting up a classroom environment where Windows 2012 R2 Server is used as a domain controller and file server. All the clients will be Kubuntu 14.04. I have set up the domain and NFS shares ...
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RHEL 6.5 web application PAM AUTH pam_oddjob_mkhomedir

I've got a RHEL 6.5 that authenicates against an AD server, that side is working fine. The machine is also running a web application that uses a PAM module to authenticate. I copied login to make a ...
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How can I verify that my PAM configuration works as expected

I'm trying to setup a vsftpd server in a virtual machine and all I can ever get from it is an authentication error (530 Login incorrect). Since I've tried to configure it using virtual users with PAM, ...
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LDAP: forced to change root password on every login

I have finally configured my new server as LDAP-client of my existing one. Now, every time I login as root, I am prompted to change my 'LDAP password': login as: root root@111.111.111.111's password: ...
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PAM Authentication with LDAP on Debian Jessie Not Finding LDAP Users

Debian Jessie (specifically, Debian Server Wheezy x64 with testing repos) OpenLDAP 2.4.39 libpam-ldapd 0.9.4-1 Upon installing libpam-ldapd, the dpkg configuration asked for my LDAP address ...
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is there a PAM module for DNSBL lookups?

I have been enumerating the remaining security concerns on one of my back-end production servers, when I came to the realization that something which could be incredibly useful was missing from my ...
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Token error when trying to change password through pam-mysql

I am currently preparing a machine for a web hosting service, and I decided to use MySQL to store all our users (since the rest of our services use it already). For that, I am using libnss-mysql and ...
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Pam-Mysql “Can't initialize threads: error 11”

Inside a Debian OpenVZ container, I have 2 OpenVPN servers (udp on port 53 and tcp on port 443). The authentication is based on Pam-Mysql. Inside my OpenVPN conf file I have: [...] plugin /etc/...
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pam_exec not working? cannot allocate 2 bytes?

I am trying to run a script during the login process using PAM and libpam_exec; I have added this line to the desired file under /etc/pam.d/: auth required pam_exec.so debug log=/var/log/debug /usr/...
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skip 2 steps verification when there is ssh key Debian [closed]

I had installed 2 steps verification on my server using this great manual: http://support.jpgottech.com/knowledgebase.php?article=72 Everything works great but I had encountered a small issue, I want ...
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enforce password length on ubuntu with pam_cracklib

I was trying to enforce password length to a minimum of 10 using pam_cracklib. here is my /etc/pam.d/common-password password requisite pam_cracklib.so retry=3 minlen=10 ...
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pam_tally2 causing unwanted lockouts with SCOM or Nervecenter

We use pam_tally2 in our system-auth config file which works fine for users. With services such as SCOM or Nervecenter it causes lockouts. Same behavior on RHEL5 and RHEL6 This is /etc/pam.d/...
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Why does debian not set the pam module called pam_limits.so in the file /etc/pam.d/su

I am using debian version 7.4 The /etc/pam.d/su file there does not enable pam_limits.so the snippet is: # Sets up user limits, please uncomment and read /etc/security/limits.conf # to enable ...
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Red Hat 6.5 - Login Errors After Security Hardening

I followed the information below, however, it is strangely blocking me from entering a password upon entering the login prompt on the server: To configure the system to lock out accounts after a ...
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Understanding PAM authentication procedure on FreeBSD with security/sssd

I'm trying to understand what's behaving errantly on my PAM configuration on FreeBSD 10.0 The machine is configured with two different authentication realms, one is the default Unix authentication ...
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On Solaris, can I create a user account in a single command line entry that is not disabled, but is password disabled (only allows SSH)

I am building a script for SA's to follow when performing a certain task. That task requires adding a user to a system that can only SSH to the system (using a key) and not log in with a password. ...
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CentOS PAM unable to open /etc/pam.d/system-auth

In gdm I have checked "Require smartcard login" but forgot about adding any smartcard for authentication. Then I've tried to boot from LiveCD and disable SC auth. Something went wrong and now I am not ...
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Public-Key -or- Password & Google Authenticator for SSH Login

I found an article (http://www.howtogeek.com/121650/how-to-secure-ssh-with-google-authenticators-two-factor-authentication/) that explains how to configure OpenSSH to ask for a Google Authenticator ...
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Different “RequiredAuthentications2” for sshd and sftp subsystem

we're currently using a 2factor authentication on our SSH servers, so we have "RequiredAuthentications2 publickey,keyboard-interactive" in our sshd_config (publickey for the key, keyboard-interactive ...
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Account Lockout with pam_faillock in RHEL6

Previously, I asked about using pam_tally2 under RHEL6. I would like to pose this question and answer to document the recommended use of pam_faillock over pam_tally2 for the same function; What is ...
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OpenSSH and PAM authentication using a public key

I'm looking for a way to authenticate users using a public key which is stored in a db (MongoDB). Similar questions usually resulted with a suggestion to installed a patched version of OpenSSH (https:/...
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FreeIPA: prevent local root accessing user accounts

So after asking this question, I've been test-driving FreeIPA as a central authentication source based on this question: Managing access to multiple linux system One problem I ran into is that if a ...
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build user chroot on first login

I'm using ldap for remote user authentication and I basically need to either figure out how to: a. chroot a user on machine b from machine a via nfs,(which doesn't seem possible without mounting ...
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How to add two-factor authetntication to ssh?

I am trying to add 2FA to sshd using PAM from oathtool package. I want two ways to login to server: publickey and 2FA, or password and 2FA So far I managed to add 2FA to publickey authentication, ...
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pam service(sshd) ignoring max retries

I have vps that I use to run a webserver on, it currently runs ubuntu server 12.04. Since a few weeks I keep getting a lot of errors in my ssh console. 2014 Apr 11 08:41:18 vps847 PAM service(sshd) ...
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How to I authenticate with Dovecot + IMAP + PAM on CentOS?

I set up Dovecot IMAP to use PAM as suggested here: http://wiki2.dovecot.org/PasswordDatabase/PAM PAM/dovecot [root@ip-172-31-15-65 pam.d]# cat dovecot #%PAM-1.0 auth required pam_unix....
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Apache + PAM + Winbind slow logins

Since upgrading our old Debian Lenny server to Ubuntu 12.04, we've noticed intermittent slow or failed access to Apache. Many or most web requests work fine, but occasionally, a Subversion client ...
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Centos 6.2 Openwebmail change password issue

Recently build environment to test, install openldap, openwebmail and PAM authentication module After experiencing the current account login webmail change password will be "password is wrong, change ...
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Run pam_exec after home directory creation CentOS 6

How can I make a pam_exec script in /etc/pam.d/sshd run after the home directory has been created? I am on CentOS 6.5 and use network accounts via PBIS / Likewise-Open. Right now, if a new user ...
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User authentication; PAM or Radius? [closed]

At college I'm part of a group of students that keep a server infrastructure running for the students. Lately we've been having a lot of trouble with the servers, and we decided that it's probably ...
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Use a PHP script to authenticate users on Linux

I have a web application running built in PHP using MySQL as database. I'm trying to give specific users access to a Linux system via SSH to perform simple command-line tasks. Since I do already have ...
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is this normal behavior for pam_tty_audit

I've recently configured pam_tty_audit, and while it does log information, it seems like it does not log information until after the user has logged out. Oddly enough, it does log some things live, ...
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pam_tally2 being called before Password entry

Based on the suggestion given in: Account Lockout with pam_tally2 in RHEL6 I have come to a working configuration, wherein account is getting locked out after 3 failed logins. Catch is that ...
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Linux nested groups with winbind

We have several RHEL6 servers connected to Active Directory using winbind. All servers are configured identically using a configuration management tool. Servers however produce different results when ...
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Combination of SSH key auth, and two-factor authentication

I was wondering if it is possible to accomplish the following, all at the same time: Disable root logins Enable SSH login for personal user, only via SSH keys Enable SSH login for unprivileged user, ...
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How to mount share in pam_mount.conf.xml depending of OU

I have a Microsoft Windows domain and I want to add the ubuntu machines with Likewise-Open. There is no problem with that, but in my windows machines I have a GPO that mount a net share depending of ...
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PAM won't authenticate with mysql (make_scrambled_password deprecated)

I have spent some time searching for this and it seems I'm the only one having problem with PAM not authenticating through mysql due to current updates so I thought I will post my problem here and if ...
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Prevent fork bomb inside docker container

I am currently struggling with limiting number of processes for user which I called sandbox. I configured processes limit inside /etc/security/limits.conf like this: sandbox hard nproc ...
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Configuring vsftpd to authenticate with Active Directory

We are trying to give vsftpd access to some Active Directory users. Here are some configuration file contents: # egrep -v '^(#.*|)$' vsftpd.conf anonymous_enable=YES local_enable=YES write_enable=...
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Virtual users in sshd from a postgres database

I have a Postgresql database full of user accounts, and i would like to allow these user to access a server through ssh, using only public keys authentification. So far, i have setup these parts on ...
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pam_cracklib reports bad password correctly but pam_unix module STILL changes the password

I am currently trying to use pam_cracklib which properly fails according to my debug.log but even though it is setup as a password requisite entry in my PAM config file, it still falls through to the ...
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ulimit -n not changing - values limits.conf has no effect

I am trying to raise the open file descriptor maximum for all users on an ubuntu machine. This question is somewhat of a follow up to this question. open file descriptor limits.conf setting isn'...
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Authenticate Radius user using pam and ssh [duplicate]

I am able to authenticate radius users using radius server+pam+ssh with creating local user with blank password in linux. Is it possible to authenticate radius users without creating users in local ...
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PAM exec stdout issue

I am having an issue with a dead simple python script; called with pam_exec. I added a line at the end of that file /etc/pam.d/common-session : session optional pam_exec.so /bin/python /usr/local/...
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OpenLDAP on ArchLinux users cannot change passwd

I started an office and i NEED centralized login and home directories to work. Since all workstations are going to run Arch and problems with different LDAP versions I finally concluded the LDAP ...
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Can't login with KDM and SSSD but works fine from console

I have LDAP authentication set up with SSSD and I can login fine through console and ssh. However when I try to login through KDM it just says authentication failure... More specifically: Jan 9 10:...
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OpenLDAP client configuration. Can search but cannot login?

I'm trying to set up LDAP on a Gentoo workstation to authenticate against a central server. However, I encountered some issues and I really hope you guys can help me out here :) First off, the LDAP ...
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Authentization agains Samba4 domain controler and not working kinit

I've a problem with Samba 4 and Kerberos. If I call kinit, it writes Client not found in Kerberos database while getting initial credentials. I find out, that the Kerberos works with user name only, ...
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SSH listen on 2 ports, With a single config

Im trying to make SSH logins require 2 factor auth but only on one port. So port 1 is open only to a list of ip's managed by iptables. and only requires password / key port 2 is open to all, But ...
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How can I delay sshd login after bad password

How can I delay the retry response from SSH when a bad password is tried or unsuccessful login attempt. I wanted the delay to be 2-3 second more that usual. I could not find any option in ...