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 pam_authtok_get - authentication and password management module




The pam_authtok_get service module provides password prompting funtionality to the PAM stack. It implements pam_sm_authenticate() and pam_sm_chauthtok(), providing functionality to both the Authentication Stack and the Password Management Stack.

Authentication Service


The implementation of pam_sm_authenticate(3PAM) prompts the user name if not set and then tries to get the authentication token from the pam handle. If the token is not set, it then prompts the user for a password and stores it in the PAM item PAM_AUTHTOK. This module is meant to be the first module on an authentication stack where users are to authenticate using a keyboard.

Password Management Service


Due to the nature of the PAM Password Management stack traversal mechanism, the pam_sm_chauthtok(3PAM) function is called twice. Once with the PAM_PRELIM_CHECK flag, and one with the PAM_UPDATE_AUTHTOK flag.

In the first (PRELIM) invocation, the implementation of pam_sm_chauthtok(3PAM) moves the contents of the PAM_AUTHTOK (current authentication token) to PAM_OLDAUTHTOK, and subsequentially prompts the user for a new password. This new password is stored in PAM_AUTHTOK.

If a previous module has set PAM_AUTHTOK prior to the invocation of pam_authtok_get, this module turns into a NO-OP and immediately returns PAM_SUCCESS.

In the second (UPDATE) invocation, the user is prompted to Re-enter his password. The pam_sm_chauthtok implementation verifies this reentered password with the password stored in PAM_AUTHTOK. If the passwords match, the module returns PAM_SUCCESS.

The following option can be passed to the module:

syslog(3C) debugging information at the LOG_DEBUG level



The authentication service returns the following values:

Successfully obtains authentication token
Fails to retrieve username, username is NULL or empty

The password management service returns the following values:

Successfully obtains authentication token
Authentication token manipulation error



See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:

Interface StabilityEvolving
MT LevelMT-Safe with exceptions



pam(3PAM), pam_authenticate(3PAM), syslog(3C), libpam(3LIB), pam.conf(4), attributes(5), pam_authtok_check(5), pam_authtok_get(5), pam_authtok_store(5), pam_dhkeys(5), pam_passwd_auth(5), pam_unix(5), pam_unix_account(5), pam_unix_auth(5), pam_unix_session(5)



The interfaces in libpam(3LIB) are MT-Safe only if each thread within the multi-threaded application uses its own PAM handle.

The pam_unix(5) module might not be supported in a future release. Similar functionality is provided by pam_authtok_check(5), pam_authtok_get(5), pam_authtok_store(5), pam_dhkeys(5), pam_passwd_auth(5), pam_unix_account(5), pam_unix_auth(5), and pam_unix_session(5).

SunOS 5.9Go To TopLast Changed 8 Dec 2001

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