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pam_exec - PAM module which calls an external command
pam_exec.so [debug] [expose_authtok] [seteuid] [quiet] [stdout] [log=file] [type=type] command [...]
pam_exec is a PAM module that can be used to run an external command.
The child's environment is set to the current PAM environment list, as returned by
In addition, the following PAM items are exported as environment variables:
PAM_TYPE, which contains one of the module types:
Commands called by pam_exec need to be aware of that the user can have controll over the environment.
Print debug information.
During authentication the calling command can read the password from
The output of the command is appended to
Only run the command if the module type matches the given type.
Per default the output of the executed command is written to
/dev/null. With this option, the stdout output of the executed command is redirected to the calling application. It's in the responsibility of this application what happens with the output. The
option is ignored.
Per default pam_exec.so will echo the exit status of the external command if it fails. Specifying this option will suppress the message.
Per default pam_exec.so will execute the external command with the real user ID of the calling process. Specifying this option means the command is run with the effective user ID.
MODULE TYPES PROVIDED
All module types (auth,
session) are provided.
The external command was run successfully.
No argument or a wrong number of arguments were given.
A system error occurred or the command to execute failed.
was called, which does not execute the command. Or, the value given for the type= parameter did not match the module type.
Add the following line to
to rebuild the NIS database after each local password change:
password optional pam_exec.so seteuid /usr/bin/make -C /var/yp
This will execute the command
make -C /var/yp
with effective user ID.
pam_exec was written by Thorsten Kukuk <firstname.lastname@example.org> and Josh Triplett <email@example.com>.
- MODULE TYPES PROVIDED
- RETURN VALUES
- SEE ALSO