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authenticate_user(3x)													     authenticate_user(3x)

       authenticate_user - authenticate user

       #include <pwd.h>
       #include <auth.h>   /* For error codes */

       int authenticate_user(user, password, line)
       struct passwd *user;
       char *password;
       char *line;

       user    The UID.

	       The password for the UID.

       line    The name of the login line as it is listed in

       The  routine  authenticates a username/UID against a supplied password and returns a nonnegative integer on success.  The value returned is
       the number of failed login authentication attempts since the last successful login authentication (or zero if this feature is not enabled).
       This routine is found in the library and loaded using the -lauth option.

       At all security levels higher than BSD, the login fail count in the auth database is incremented if authentication fails, and cleared if it
       succeeds.  In addition, the account must be marked enabled for logins as defined by the Account Mask value for A_LOGIN.	See  for  informa-
       tion about the Account Mask values.

       If  a  non-NULL	value is supplied for the argument and the argument is not the empty string, the function also verifies that the specified
       user is allowed access through that line. In particular, accounts with UID equal to zero will only return success if the specified line	is
       marked secure in the file.

       The process must have read access to the auth database to authenticate users in a secure environment.

       The process must have read/write access to the auth database to update the authentication fail count.

       If auth information is being served through BIND, the process is required to obtain a Kerberos ticket for that service before invoking this

       extern int errno;
       struct passwd *pwd;
       int status;

       pwd = getpwnam("root");
       status = authenticate_user(pwd, "rootpass", "/dev/console");
       if(status < 0)
	    if(errno == EPERM)
		 puts("Login failed");
	    if(status > 0)
		 printf("%d failed attempts
", status);

Return Values
       When successful, the routine returns the number of failed login authentication attempts since last successful login authentication.

       When an error occurs, is set and a negative error code is returned. The error code returned may be the same as or it  may  be  an  extended
       error code defined in

       On error return may be set to one of the following values:

       [EPERM]		 Either  the  password	is  incorrect,	the  password is expired, the specified line needs to be secure and is not, or the
			 account is disabled and a login authentication is required.

       [EINVAL] 	 No authentication information for user.

       [ENOSYS] 	 Security subsystem not configured correctly.

       [EACCES] 	 Process does not have read access to the necessary information.

       On error return the return value may be the same as or, if errno is [EPERM], it may be one of the following additional values defined in

       [A_EBADPASS]	 The supplied password was incorrect.

       [A_ESOFTEXP]	 The accounts password has expired recently.

       [A_EHARDEXP]	 The accounts password expired quite some time ago.

       [A_ENOLOGIN]	 The account is not enabled.

       [A_EOPENLINE]	 The account requires a secure line and the specified line was not marked that way in

       If the system is operating in the BSD security level, the password expiration, login fail count, and account  disabling	features  are  not
       available (and therefore are not used in authentication computations).

See Also
       getauthuid(3), getpwent(3), auth(5), passwd(5yp), ttys(5)

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