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Re: pam_setcred & pam_open_session

On Sun, Nov 18, 2001 at 10:59:01PM -0500, Mike Gerdts wrote:
> On Sun, 2001-11-18 at 13:15, Steve Langasek wrote:
> > Having worked extensively with pam_krb5 and the issues you describe, I
> > definitely believe this should be changed from a "can/should" to a
> > "must".  The change will ultimately be driven by application writers who
> > need to support the complexities of Kerberos-like systems; I think more
> > and more applications are doing things the right way now, precisely
> > because of Kerberos.
> For portability sake, I should mention that Solaris 8's pam_krb5 has
> rather unique behavior.  pam_authenticate updates the ccache, and
> pam_setcred with PAM_REINITIALIZE_CRED just dumps core.  This is just
> the beginning of the troubles with pam_krb5 from Sun, though.  I will
> try to refrain from off-topic rants about Sun's Kerberos code.

Heh. Agreed.

There's a reason for making a ccache available in in pam_authenticate():
it may be needed, with Secure NFS, to, say, access .k5login, in, say,
pam_acct_mgmt(). And so on. See my comment on the pam-krb5 list about
how Solaris expects FILE ccaches named /tmp/krb5_<uid> for Secure NFS...

That said, pam_krb5:pam_sm_authenticate() coul create a root-owned,
root-read-only FILE ccache (if none existed before) and pam_sm_setcred()
could chown() it or, better, re-create it as the actual user. Race
conditions would probably be a problem, so this has to be thought
through carefully.

> Mike

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