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NetBSD 6.1.5 - man page for pam (netbsd section 3)

PAM(3)				   BSD Library Functions Manual 			   PAM(3)

     pam_acct_mgmt, pam_authenticate, pam_chauthtok, pam_close_session, pam_end, pam_get_data,
     pam_get_item, pam_get_user, pam_getenv, pam_getenvlist, pam_open_session, pam_putenv,
     pam_set_data, pam_set_item, pam_setcred, pam_start, pam_strerror -- Pluggable Authentication
     Modules Library

     Pluggable Authentication Module Library (libpam, -lpam)

     #include <security/pam_appl.h>

     pam_acct_mgmt(pam_handle_t *pamh, int flags);

     pam_authenticate(pam_handle_t *pamh, int flags);

     pam_chauthtok(pam_handle_t *pamh, int flags);

     pam_close_session(pam_handle_t *pamh, int flags);

     pam_end(pam_handle_t *pamh, int status);

     pam_get_data(const pam_handle_t *pamh, const char *module_data_name, const void **data);

     pam_get_item(const pam_handle_t *pamh, int item_type, const void **item);

     pam_get_user(pam_handle_t *pamh, const char **user, const char *prompt);

     const char *
     pam_getenv(pam_handle_t *pamh, const char *name);

     char **
     pam_getenvlist(pam_handle_t *pamh);

     pam_open_session(pam_handle_t *pamh, int flags);

     pam_putenv(pam_handle_t *pamh, const char *namevalue);

     pam_set_data(pam_handle_t *pamh, const char *module_data_name, void *data,
	 void (*cleanup)(pam_handle_t *pamh, void *data, int pam_end_status));

     pam_set_item(pam_handle_t *pamh, int item_type, const void *item);

     pam_setcred(pam_handle_t *pamh, int flags);

     pam_start(const char *service, const char *user, const struct pam_conv *pam_conv,
	 pam_handle_t **pamh);

     const char *
     pam_strerror(const pam_handle_t *pamh, int error_number);

     The Pluggable Authentication Modules (PAM) library abstracts a number of common authentica-
     tion-related operations and provides a framework for dynamically loaded modules that imple-
     ment these operations in various ways.

     In PAM parlance, the application that uses PAM to authenticate a user is the server, and is
     identified for configuration purposes by a service name, which is often (but not necessar-
     ily) the program name.

     The user requesting authentication is called the applicant, while the user (usually, root)
     charged with verifying his identity and granting him the requested credentials is called the

     The sequence of operations the server goes through to authenticate a user and perform what-
     ever task he requested is a PAM transaction; the context within which the server performs
     the requested task is called a session.

     The functionality embodied by PAM is divided into six primitives grouped into four facili-
     ties: authentication, account management, session management and password management.

     The PAM library expects the application to provide a conversation callback which it can use
     to communicate with the user.  Some modules may use specialized conversation functions to
     communicate with special hardware such as cryptographic dongles or biometric devices.  See
     pam_conv(3) for details.

   Initialization and Cleanup
     The pam_start() function initializes the PAM library and returns a handle which must be pro-
     vided in all subsequent function calls.  The transaction state is contained entirely within
     the structure identified by this handle, so it is possible to conduct multiple transactions
     in parallel.

     The pam_end() function releases all resources associated with the specified context, and can
     be called at any time to terminate a PAM transaction.

     The pam_set_item() and pam_get_item() functions set and retrieve a number of predefined
     items, including the service name, the names of the requesting and target users, the conver-
     sation function, and prompts.

     The pam_set_data() and pam_get_data() functions manage named chunks of free-form data, gen-
     erally used by modules to store state from one invocation to another.

     There are two authentication primitives: pam_authenticate() and pam_setcred().  The former
     authenticates the user, while the latter manages his credentials.

   Account Management
     The pam_acct_mgmt() function enforces policies such as password expiry, account expiry,
     time-of-day restrictions, and so forth.

   Session Management
     The pam_open_session() and pam_close_session() functions handle session setup and teardown.

   Password Management
     The pam_chauthtok() function allows the server to change the user's password, either at the
     user's request or because the password has expired.

     The pam_putenv(), pam_getenv() and pam_getenvlist() functions manage a private environment
     list in which modules can set environment variables they want the server to export during
     the session.

     The pam_strerror() function returns a pointer to a string describing the specified PAM error

     The following return codes are defined by <security/pam_constants.h>:

     [PAM_ABORT]	 General failure.

     [PAM_ACCT_EXPIRED]  User account has expired.

			 Authentication information is unavailable.

			 Authentication token aging disabled.

     [PAM_AUTHTOK_ERR]	 Authentication token failure.

			 Password has expired.

			 Authentication token lock busy.

			 Failed to recover old authentication token.

     [PAM_AUTH_ERR]	 Authentication error.

     [PAM_BUF_ERR]	 Memory buffer error.

     [PAM_CONV_ERR]	 Conversation failure.

     [PAM_CRED_ERR]	 Failed to set user credentials.

     [PAM_CRED_EXPIRED]  User credentials have expired.

			 Insufficient credentials.

     [PAM_CRED_UNAVAIL]  Failed to retrieve user credentials.

			 Unknown authentication domain.

     [PAM_IGNORE]	 Ignore this module.

     [PAM_MAXTRIES]	 Maximum number of tries exceeded.

			 Unknown module type.

			 New authentication token required.

			 Module data not found.

     [PAM_OPEN_ERR]	 Failed to load module.

     [PAM_PERM_DENIED]	 Permission denied.

     [PAM_SERVICE_ERR]	 Error in service module.

     [PAM_SESSION_ERR]	 Session failure.

     [PAM_SUCCESS]	 Success.

     [PAM_SYMBOL_ERR]	 Invalid symbol.

     [PAM_SYSTEM_ERR]	 System error.

     [PAM_TRY_AGAIN]	 Try again.

     [PAM_USER_UNKNOWN]  Unknown user.

     openpam(3), pam_acct_mgmt(3), pam_authenticate(3), pam_chauthtok(3), pam_close_session(3),
     pam_conv(3), pam_end(3), pam_get_data(3), pam_getenv(3), pam_getenvlist(3), pam_get_item(3),
     pam_get_user(3), pam_open_session(3), pam_putenv(3), pam_setcred(3), pam_set_data(3),
     pam_set_item(3), pam_start(3), pam_strerror(3)

     X/Open Single Sign-On Service (XSSO) - Pluggable Authentication Modules, June 1997.

     The OpenPAM library and this manual page were developed for the FreeBSD Project by ThinkSec
     AS and Network Associates Laboratories, the Security Research Division of Network Asso-
     ciates, Inc. under DARPA/SPAWAR contract N66001-01-C-8035 (``CBOSS''), as part of the DARPA
     CHATS research program.

BSD					December 18, 2011				      BSD

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