[Frugalware-bugs] #2143: [REQ] PAM > 0.80

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User who did this - santoni pascal (skalp)

Attached to Project - Frugalware
Summary - [REQ] PAM > 0.80 
Task Type - Feature Request
Category - Base system
Status - Unconfirmed
Assigned To - 
Operating System - i686
Severity - Low
Priority - Normal
Reported Version - -current
Due in Version - Undecided
Due Date - Undecided
Details - Linux-PAM (Pluggable Authentication Modules)

Basically, it is a flexible mechanism for authenticating users.
Since the beginnings of UNIX, authenticating a user has been accomplished via the user entering a password and the system checking if the entered password corresponds to the encrypted official password that is stored in /etc/passwd . The idea being that the user *is* really that user if and only if they can correctly enter their secret password.

That was in the beginning. Since then, a number of new ways of authenticating users have become popular. Including more complicated replacements for the /etc/passwd file, and hardware devices Smart cards etc..

The problem is that each time a new authentication scheme is developed, it requires all the necessary programs (login, ftpd etc...) to be rewritten to support it.

PAM provides a way to develop programs that are independent of authentication scheme. These programs need "authentication modules" to be attatched to them at run-time in order to work. Which authentication module is to be attatched is dependent upon the local system setup and is at the discretion of the local system administrator. 

url : http://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/libs/pam/

source : http://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/libs/pam/pre/library/Linux-PAM-0.99.7.1.tar.gz

More information can be found at the following URL:
http://bugs.frugalware.org/?do=details&task_id=2143

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