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Re: Newbie question regarding passwd info..

On Mon, 2002-05-27 at 09:57, Steve Fulton wrote:
> Hi all,
>    I've been researching the use of PAM, and in all documentation I've 
> found on this list and thru Google, I haven't had an answer to this one 
> question:  When a user authenticates via /etc/passwd, various information 
> about their group, shell, home directory is also accessed.  Does PAM pass 
> this info?  If so, how?  If not, how would the application (ie. ssh) get 
> the home directory info (for example)?

The group is set by pam_set_credentials(), one of the authorisation
functions that the application calls.
(note: the function name is from memory, and may be not-quite-right.)

Information about the shell and the home directory may or may not be
part of the account or session modules of pam_unix. If not, the
application probably accesses /etc/passwd after authentication.

Jenn V.
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        	you miss out on by being a geek?" - Dancer.

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