PAM_AUTHENTICATE

Section: Linux\-PAM Manual (3)
Updated: 06/27/2006
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NAME

pam_authenticate - account authentication  

SYNOPSIS

#include <security/pam_appl.h>
int pam_authenticate(pam_handle_t *pamh, int flags);
 

DESCRIPTION

The pam_authenticate function is used to authenticate the user. The user is required to provide an authentication token depending upon the authentication service, usually this is a password, but could also be a finger print.

The PAM service module may request that the user enter their username vio the the conversation mechanism (see pam_start(3) and pam_conv(3)). The name of the authenticated user will be present in the PAM item PAM_USER. This item may be recovered with a call to pam_get_item(3).

The pamh argument is an authentication handle obtained by a prior call to pam_start(). The flags argument is the binary or of zero or more of the following values:

PAM_SILENT
Do not emit any messages.
PAM_DISALLOW_NULL_AUTHTOK
The PAM module service should return PAM_AUTH_ERR if the user does not have a registered authentication token.
 

RETURN VALUES

PAM_ABORT
The application should exit immediately after calling pam_end(3) first.
PAM_AUTH_ERR
The user was not authenticated.
PAM_CRED_INSUFFICIENT
For some reason the application does not have sufficient credentials to authenticate the user.
PAM_AUTHINFO_UNVAIL
The modules were not able to access the authentication information. This might be due to a network or hardware failure etc.
PAM_MAXTRIES
One or more of the authentication modules has reached its limit of tries authenticating the user. Do not try again.
PAM_SUCCESS
The user was successfully authenticated.
PAM_USER_UNKNOWN
User unknown to authentication service.
 

SEE ALSO

pam_start(3), pam_setcred(3), pam_chauthtok(3), pam_strerror(3), pam(8)


 

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