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pam-auth-update - manage PAM configuration using packaged profiles
pam-auth-update [--package [--remove profile [profile...]]] [--force]
pam-auth-update is a utility that permits configuring the central authentication policy
for the system using pre-defined profiles as supplied by PAM module packages. Profiles
shipped in the /usr/share/pam-configs/ directory specify the modules, with options, to
enable; the preferred ordering with respect to other profiles; and whether a profile
should be enabled by default. Packages providing PAM modules register their profiles at
install time by calling pam-auth-update --package. Selection of profiles is done using
the standard debconf interface. The profile selection question will be asked at `medium'
priority when packages are added or removed, so no user interaction is required by
default. Users may invoke pam-auth-update directly to change their authentication config-
The script makes every effort to respect local changes to /etc/pam.d/common-*. Local mod-
ifications to the list of module options will be preserved, and additions of modules
within the managed portion of the stack will cause pam-auth-update to treat the config
files as locally modified and not make further changes to the config files unless given
the --force option.
If the user specifies that pam-auth-update should override local configuration changes,
the locally-modified files will be saved in /etc/pam.d/ with a suffix of .pam-old.
Indicate that the caller is a package maintainer script; lowers the priority of
debconf questions to `medium' so that the user is not prompted by default.
--remove profile [profile...]
Remove the specified profiles from the system configuration. pam-auth-update
--remove should be used to remove profiles from the configuration before the mod-
ules they reference are removed from disk, to ensure that PAM is in a consistent
and usable state at all times during package upgrades or removals.
Overwrite the current PAM configuration, without prompting. This option must not
be used by package maintainer scripts; it is intended for use by administrators
Global configuration of PAM, affecting all installed services.
Package-supplied authentication profiles.
Steve Langasek <email@example.com>
Copyright (C) 2008 Canonical Ltd.
PAM(7), pam.d(5), debconf(7)
Debian 08/23/2008 PAM-AUTH-UPDATE(8)
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