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I've configured a server to support OTP (using opie) with ssh. What annoys me is that I get the OTP passphrase prompt even for root when doing sudo. How can I configure PAM to suppress it? Don't see a need for OTP locally.

System is Debian stable (lenny), with minor unstable/backports installed (nothing connected to PAM).

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I'm not sure if this is "the Debian way" to do it, but:

You should have an /etc/pam.d/sudo file which specifies which PAM modules sudo will use for authentication (and other stuff) -- Find the module for your one-time password magic and comment it out. The lines you're looking for probably look something like:

auth            sufficient      pam_opie.so             no_warn no_fake_prompts
auth            requisite       pam_opieaccess.so       no_warn allow_local

On Debian systems a lot of PAM configurations reference common-* files -- If that's the case copy the contents of those files in place of the include directive.


Sage advice: Launch screen & su to root inside it before you start editing so you have a root shell to fix stuff if you need it; Also obviously make a backup of the original file so you can get it back if you need to.

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  • If the sudo pam configuration isn't in /etc/pam.d or /usr/local/etc/pam.d you can also try locate sudo | grep -i pam -- That shouldn't be a huge list & should have the file you're looking for :)
    – voretaq7
    Feb 18 '10 at 15:58
  • Thanks! Yes, that's it, though I'm looking into moving opie into sshd (as that's where it's actually required). Feb 18 '10 at 16:11

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