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PAM_UNIX(8)                 System Manager's Manual                PAM_UNIX(8)

NAME
     pam_unix -- UNIX PAM module

SYNOPSIS
     [service-name] module-type control-flag pam_unix [options]

DESCRIPTION
     The UNIX authentication service module for PAM provides functionality for
     two PAM categories: authentication and account management.  In terms of
     the module-type parameter, they are the ``auth'' and ``account''
     features.  It also provides a null function for session management.

   UNIX Ss Authentication Module
     The UNIX authentication component provides functions to verify the
     identity of a user (pam_sm_authenticate()), which obtains the relevant
     passwd(5) entry.  It prompts the user for a password and verifies that
     this is correct with crypt(3).

     The following options may be passed to the authentication module:

     debug               syslog(3) debugging information at LOG_DEBUG level.

     use_first_pass      If the authentication module is not the first in the
                         stack, and a previous module obtained the user's
                         password, that password is used to authenticate the
                         user.  If this fails, the authentication module
                         returns failure without prompting the user for a
                         password.  This option has no effect if the
                         authentication module is the first in the stack, or
                         if no previous modules obtained the user's password.

     try_first_pass      This option is similar to the use_first_pass option,
                         except that if the previously obtained password
                         fails, the user is prompted for another password.

     auth_as_self        This option will require the user to authenticate
                         himself as the user given by getlogin(2), not as the
                         account they are attempting to access.  This is
                         primarily for services like su(1), where the user's
                         ability to retype their own password might be deemed
                         sufficient.

     nullok              If the password database has no password for the
                         entity being authenticated, then this option will
                         forgo password prompting, and silently allow
                         authentication to succeed.

   UNIX Ss Account Management Module
     The UNIX account management component provides a function to perform
     account management, pam_sm_acct_mgmt().  The function verifies that the
     authenticated user is allowed to login to the local user account by
     checking the password expiry date.

     The following options may be passed to the management module:

     debug               syslog(3) debugging information at LOG_DEBUG level.

   UNIX Ss Password Management Module
     The UNIX password management component provides a function to perform
     account management, pam_sm_chauthtok().  The function changes the user's
     password.

     The following options may be passed to the password module:

     debug               syslog(3) debugging information at LOG_DEBUG level.

     no_warn             suppress warning messages to the user.  These
                         messages include reasons why the user's
                         authentication attempt was declined.

     passwd_db=name      Change the user's password only the specified
                         password database.  Valid password database names
                         are:

                         files  local password file

                         nis    NIS password database

FILES
     /etc/master.passwd      default UNIX password database.

SEE ALSO
     passwd(1), getlogin(2), crypt(3), getpwent(3), syslog(3),
     nsswitch.conf(5), passwd(5), nis(8), pam(8)

NetBSD 6.1.5                   February 26, 2005                  NetBSD 6.1.5