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Old 06-13-2005, 12:44 PM   #1
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Question Why is pam_authenticate() returning "Authentication Failure" for valid user/passwd?


I am new to managing my own Redhat Linux ES box.

I have added a login capability to a program I have written, asking the user to log in using a LINUX username and to supply the correct LINUX password. I have gotten a lot of help from pwauth source code.

The problem is, I can't get password authentication to work on my standalone LINUX ES box. I first wrote my user password authentication routine to use the routines getpwnam() and crypt() but that didn't work since /etc/passwd seems to only contain "x" for passwords. I see that /etc/shadow has the real password in it and am guessing my box is configured to use PAM for user password authentication.

I have modified my program to instead use PAM for password authentication the same way pwauth does: pam_start() followed by pam_authenticate(). The problem is that pam_authenticate always returns 'Authentication failure' even though I am using a valid username and password.

Is it possible my system is using shadow passwords without PAM?

I can supply my source code if it would help.

Thank you!
Julie
 
Old 06-14-2005, 11:45 AM   #2
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I am posting this in case it helps someone else in similar misery. There seem to very few PAM experts out there.

I found something last night that is now allowing pam_authenticate() to return PAM_SUCCESS and it was something in the /etc/pam.d directory. I needed to modify the file "other" which had pam_deny listed for all authorizations and I had to change them all to pam_unix:

OLD version of "other":
#%PAM-1.0
auth required /lib/security/$ISA/pam_deny.so
account required /lib/security/$ISA/pam_deny.so
password required /lib/security/$ISA/pam_deny.so
session required /lib/security/$ISA/pam_deny.so

NEW version of other:
auth required /lib/security/$ISA/pam_unix.so
account required /lib/security/$ISA/pam_unix.so
password required /lib/security/$ISA/pam_unix.so nullok use_authtok md5 shadow nis
session required /lib/security/$ISA/pam_unix.so

I modified "other" rather than creating an application-specific authorization file in here which I think is ok to do.
 
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