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Re: Unusual PAM logging



Francis A. Vidal wrote:
> this already happened to me thrice this month and i could not determine
> the cause of this unusual dumping of pam to syslogd. i'm running Redhat
> 5.0 with all the patches applied (except for sysklogd).
> 
> Nov 24 14:22:53 atlas pam[16699]: _pam_init_handlers: no default config /etc/pam.d/other
> Nov 24 14:22:53 atlas pam[16699]: error reading PAM configuration file
> Nov 24 14:22:54 atlas pam[16699]: pam_start: failed to initialize handlers
> Nov 24 14:22:54 atlas pam[16699]: pam_end: NULL pam handle passed

What this looks like is someone (process 16699) is trying to run PAM
with a service name that does not have an entry in /etc/pam.d/.  PAM is
thus falling over and looking for the 'other' entry in this directory. 
You do not appear to have that either.

Try:

  more /etc/pam.d/other

What does it contain?

> what could be the problem?? why is PAM complaining about no default config
> `/etc/pam.d/other' when the file exists? is there a bug in PAM? btw, my
> PAM package version is pam-0.64-2.

Its conceivable that this is a file permission issue.  What is the
output of 'ls -l /etc/pam.d'?

Cheers

Andrew



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