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RedHat 9 (Linux i386) - man page for pam_auth (redhat section 8)

pam_auth(8)				       System Manager's Manual					  pam_auth(8)

pam_auth - Squid PAM authentication helper
squid_pam_auth [-n "service name"] [-t TTL] [-o] [-1]
This helper allows Squid to connect to a mostly any available PAM database to validate the user name and pass- word of Basic HTTP authentication. -s service-name Specifies the PAM service name Squid uses, defaults to "squid" -t TTL Unless the -1 option is used, this specified for how long the connection to the PAM database should be kept open and reused for new logins. Defaults to 60 seconds. -o Do not perform the PAM account management group (account expiration etc) -1 Specifies "One shot" mode, where a new PAM connection will be opened for each new user. This is how PAM is normally used and may be required by some backend databases. The default is to reuse the PAM con- nection to maximize performance. (see -t above)
The program needs a PAM service to be configured in /etc/pam.conf or /etc/pam.d/<servicename> The default service name is "squid", and the program makes use of the 'auth' and 'account' management groups to verify the password and the accounts validity. For details on how to configure PAM services, see the PAM documentation for your system. This manual does not cover PAM configuration details.
When used for authenticating to local UNIX shadow password databases the program must be running as root or else it won't have sufficient permissions to access the user password database. Such use of this program is not recommended, but if you absolutely need to then make the program setuid root chown root pam_auth chmod u+s pam_auth Please note that in such configurations it is also strongly recommended that the program is moved into a directory where normal users cannot access it, as this mode of operation will allow any local user to brute- force other users passwords. Also note the program has not been fully audited and the author cannot be held responsible for any security issues due to such installations.
Squid pam_auth and this manual is written by Henrik Nordstrom <hno@squid-cache.org>
Squid pam_auth and this manual is Copyright 1999,2002 Henrik Nordstrom <hno@squid-cache.org>
Questions on the usage of this program can be sent to the Squid Users <squid-users@squid-cache.org> mailing list.
Report bugs or bug-fixes to Squid Bugs <squid-bugs@squid-cache.org> or ideas for new improvements to Squid Developers <squid-dev@squid-cache.org>
pam(8), PAM Systems Administrator Guide Squid PAM Auth 15 May 2002 pam_auth(8)

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