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Re: change session's login shell



On Jul 25, 2011, at 5:04 PM, Frank Van Damme wrote:

> 2011/7/25 Jason Clifford <jason ukpost com>:
>> On Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 2:11 PM, Frank Van Damme <frank vandamme gmail com>
>> wrote:
>>> 
>>> I'd like to change a user's shell based on group membership. The group
>>> membership is no problem - that's what pam_listfile is for. Changing
>>> the shell, however, seems non-obvious. I've looked at the source code
>>> of pam_unix and it provides the path to the users login shell
>>> according to /etc/passwd, so it should be possible for a pam module to
>>> set the shell to an arbitrary value, right?
>> 
>> No because it's the ssh daemon or the login process that sets the shell.
> 
> So they each use their own methods like grepping /etc/passwd, doing
> ldap lookups, or whatever it takes to come up with a shell - like
> "nothing" in the case of obscure authentication methods that the
> application happens to know nothing about?
> 
This is out of scope for the pam list, but you should know that you can simply call getpwnam so you don't have to grep /etc/passwd.  Many large installations don't even have most of their users in /etc/passwd, but use NIS or LDAP instead.  getpwnam uses NSS to get all the users/passwords/groups.  Your initial feature request might be able to be implemented by writing a custom NSS module. [1]

Cheers,
Tim Nowaczyk

[1] http://www.gnu.org/s/hello/manual/libc/Extending-NSS.html#Extending-NSS


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Timothy Nowaczyk
Network Systems Engineer
University of Virginia - ITC
tan7f virginia edu





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