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RE: Notification of number of unsuccessful login attempts



Thank you for the info John.  I was afraid of that since nothing came
from my research.  There seems to be a few ways of collecting and
reporting via sysadmin type utilities and/or custom scripts, but nothing
via an options setting.  <sigh>  I have security requirements that want
to display to a user the number of failed login attempts for their
account in order to provide another avenue for flagging anomalies.  Of
course we monitor the logs, but this comes under the defense-in-depth
column.  Sometimes I go toe to toe with a Sun admin who likes to point
out how mature and secure Solaris is comparitively speaking.  Every now
and then I can pull a rabbit out of the (Red) Hat.

Patti 
> -----Original Message-----
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> [mailto:nahant-list-bounces redhat com] On Behalf Of Stephen 
> John Smoogen
> Sent: Tuesday, March 25, 2008 4:02 PM
> To: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 (Nahant) Discussion List
> Subject: Re: Notification of number of unsuccessful login attempts
> 
> On Tue, Mar 25, 2008 at 1:30 PM, Clark, Patti <clarkp osti gov> wrote:
> >
> >
> >
> > While login offers up the last login notice, is there a way 
> to also provide
> > the number of unsuccessful (failed) login attempts for a 
> user account?  I
> > have pam_tally tracking these and didn't find any options 
> to display that
> > information to a user.
> >
> 
> Hi Patti. All the files that log that (faillog) etc are in general not
> readable by a normal user. My layman response would be that you would
> need a setuid program to get the data which causes its own issues.
> 
> > Patti Clark
> > Sr. Unix System Administrator - RHCT, GSEC
> > Office of Scientific and Technical Information
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