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pam_ksu - Kerberos 5 SU PAM module


Kerberos 5 SU Authentication Module
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[service-name] module-type control-flag pam_ksu [options]


The Kerberos 5 SU authentication service module for PAM, pam_ksu for only one PAM category: authentication. In terms of the module-type parameter, this is the "auth" feature. The module is specifically designed to be used with the su(1) utility.

Kerberos 5 SU Authentication Module

The Kerberos 5 SU authentication component provides functions to verify the identity of a user (pam_sm_authenticate), and determine whether or not the user is authorized to obtain the privileges of the target account. If the target account is "root", then the Kerberos 5 principal used for authentication and authorization will be the "root" instance of the current user, e.g. "user/
root@REAL.M". Otherwise, the principal will simply be the current user’s default principal, e.g. "user@REAL.M".

The user is prompted for a password if necessary. Authorization is performed by comparing the Kerberos 5 principal with those listed in the .k5login file in the target account’s home directory (e.g. /root/.k5login for root).

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.


su(1), syslog(3), pam.conf(5), pam(8)

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