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SuSE 11.3 - man page for pam_ssh (suse section 8)

PAM_SSH(8)				     BSD System Manager's Manual				   PAM_SSH(8)

pam_ssh -- authentication and session management with SSH private keys
[service-name] module-type control-flag pam_ssh [options]
The SSH authentication service module for PAM, pam_ssh provides functionality for two PAM categories: authenti- cation and session management. In terms of the module-type parameter, they are the ``auth'' and ``session'' features. It also provides null functions for the remaining categories. SSH Authentication Module The SSH authentication component provides a function to verify the identity of a user (pam_sm_authenticate()), by prompting the user for a passphrase and verifying that it can decrypt the target user's SSH key using that passphrase. The following options may be passed to the authentication module: debug syslog(3) debugging information at LOG_DEBUG level. use_first_pass If the authentication module is not the first in the stack, and a previous module obtained the user's password, that password is used to authenticate the user. If this fails, the authentica- tion module returns failure without prompting the user for a password. This option has no effect if the authentication module is the first in the stack, or if no previous modules obtained the user's password. try_first_pass This option is similar to the use_first_pass option, except that if the previously obtained password fails, the user is prompted for another password. keyfiles Specify the comma-separated list of files in $HOME/.ssh to check for SSH keys. The default is ``id_dsa,id_rsa,identity''. nullok Allow empty passphrases. SSH Session Management Module The SSH session management component provides functions to initiate (pam_sm_open_session()) and terminate (pam_sm_close_session()) sessions. The pam_sm_open_session() function starts an SSH agent, passing it any pri- vate keys it decrypted during the authentication phase, and sets the environment variables the agent specifies. The pam_sm_close_session() function kills the previously started SSH agent by sending it a SIGTERM. The following options may be passed to the session management module: debug syslog(3) debugging information at LOG_DEBUG level.
$HOME/.ssh/identity SSH1/OpenSSH RSA key $HOME/.ssh/id_dsa OpenSSH DSA key $HOME/.ssh2/id_rsa_* SSH2 RSA keys $HOME/.ssh2/id_dsa_* SSH2 DSA keys
ssh-agent(1), syslog(3), pam.conf(5), pam(8)
Andrew J. Korty <ajk@iu.edu> wrote pam_ssh. Dag-Erling Smorgrav wrote the original OpenPAM support code. Mark R V Murray wrote the original version of this manual page.
November 26, 2001 BSD

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