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Re: PAM Authentication?

From: Todd Denniston
Subject: Re: PAM Authentication?
Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2005 14:38:57 -0500

Jeff Smith wrote:
> --- Todd Denniston <address@hidden>
> wrote:
> > Jeff Smith wrote:
> > >
> > > I am trying to bring cvs into my company.  I am
> > > working with one of our Solaris admins on getting
> > the
> > > product installed and configured.
> > >
> > > We have run into a problem with getting the PAM
> > > authentication working.
> > Which instructions?
> The information here:
> talks about pam authentication.
> I've done some more reading and I didn't realize PAM
> support was that newly introduced into CVS.
> >
> > Is y24jds a username at the OS level, i.e., not just
> > for CVS?
> > if it is then pserver should just use the system's
> > login, or something close
> > to it, which would automatically use PAM.
> Yes, y24jds is a valid unix username that can log into
> the system fine.  So you are saying that pserver just
> knows how to authenticate valid unix users on the
> system and we shouldn't of had to configure anything
> else?

I don't usualy think of PAM for anything other than the system user logins,
so this is new to me.
Is it allowing you to use a login athority other than the one used to login
at the console, i.e., /etc/password|NIS|LDAP?

The point I was attempting to get at is, if you are using username+password
combos that you use to login to the system (console), then why fret with
extra configuration, just let CVS fall back to using system authintication.

> I might just have to fall back to the hand-maintained
> password file for our users.  I only have about 35-50
> that would be in it.
If you are already using the system logins, then you can let the system
maintain the logins. 

Todd Denniston
Crane Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC Crane) 
Harnessing the Power of Technology for the Warfighter

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