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Re: PAM authentication patch - v2

From: Brian Murphy
Subject: Re: PAM authentication patch - v2
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2003 22:07:08 +0200
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Matt Doar wrote:

If your etc/nsswitch.conf file has this line:

passwd:     files nis

then the authentication looks in your /etc/passwd and shadow files
before using NIS. If I have a userid defined locally on the machine and
also defined using NIS, the authentication mechanism fails. If I am
authenticating a user who is only defined in NIS, everything is fine.


On Thu, 2003-07-17 at 11:11, Brian Murphy wrote:
Hi Matt,
I didn't really understand your problem with NIS and the PAM patch.
Was it that you couldn't get CVS to authenticate via NIS?


So this has nothing to do with the patch.
With regard to debugging PAM authentication I think the PAM documentation
must have the answers - the whole purpose of PAM is to separate the business
of authentication from the application itself. A basic configuration is described in the documentation - advanced issues must be the domain of PAM documentation
otherwise the advantage of PAM is lost.


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