AUTHCONFIG

Section: Maintenance Commands (8)
Updated: 5 December 2005
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NAME

authconfig, authconfig-tui - an interface for configuring system authentication resources  

SYNOPSIS

authconfig [--nostart] [--enablecache] [--disablecache] [--enablenis [--nisdomain <domain>] [--nisserver <nisserver[,nisserver...]>] ] [--disablenis] [--enableshadow] [--disableshadow] [--enablemd5] ] [--disablemd5] ] [--enableldap] [--enableldapauth] [--enableldaptls] [--ldapserver <ldapserver[,ldapserver,...]>] [--ldapbasedn <basedn>] [--disableldap] [--disableldapauth] [--enablekrb5 [ --krb5realm <realm> ] [--krb5kdc <hostname[,hostname,...]>] [--krb5adminserver <hostname[,hostname,...]>] [--enablekrb5kdcdns] [--disablekrb5kdcdns] [--enablekrb5realmdns] [--disablekrb5realmdns] ] [--disablekrb5] [--enablehesiod [--hesiodlhs <lhs>] [--hesiodrhs <rhs>] ] [--disablehesiod] [--enablesmbauth] [--smbworkgroup <workgroup>] [--smbservers <server[,server]>] [--disablesmbauth] [--enablewinbind [--enablewinbindauth] [--smbsecurity <user|server|domain|ads>] [--smbrealm <realm>] [--smbidmapuid=<range>] [--smbidmapgid=<range>] [--winbindseparator=<\>] [--winbindtemplateprimarygroup=<group>] [--winbindtemplatehomedir=<directory>] [--winbindtemplateshell=<path>] ] [--disablewinbind] [--disablewinbindauth] [--enablewinbindusedefaultdomain] [--disablewinbindusedefaultdomain] [--winbindjoin <admin>] [--enablewins] [--disablewins] <--test|--update|--probe>  

DESCRIPTION

authconfig provides a simple method of configuring /etc/sysconfig/network to handle NIS, as well as /etc/passwd and /etc/shadow, the files used for shadow password support. Basic LDAP, Kerberos 5, and SMB (authentication) client configuration is also provided.

If --test action is specified, authconfig can be run by users other then root, and any configuration changes are not saved but printed instead. If --update action is specified, authconfig must be run by root (or through console helper), and configuration changes are saved. The --probe action instructs authconfig to use DNS and other means to guess at configuration information for the current host, print its guesses if it finds them to standard output, and exit.

If --nostart is specified (which is what the install program does), ypbind or other daemons will not be started or stopped immediately following program execution, but only enabled to start or stop at boot time.

The --enablenis, --enableldap, --enablewinbind, and --enablehesiod options are used to configure user information services in /etc/nsswitch.conf, the --enablecache option is used to configure naming services caching, and the --enableshadow, --enablemd5, --enableldapauth, --enablekrb5, --enablewinbindauth, and --enablesmbauth options are used to configure authentication functions via /etc/pam.d/system-auth. Each --enable has a matching --disable option that disables the service if it is already enabled. The respective services have parameters which configure their server names etc.

The authconfig-tui supports all options of authconfig but it implies --update as the default action. Its window contains a Cancel button by default. If --back option is specified at run time, a Back button is presented instead. If --kickstart is specified, no interactive screens will be seen. The values the program will use will be those specified by the other options (--enablemd5, --enableshadow, etc.).

 

NOTES

The authconfig-tui is deprecated. No new configuration settings will be supported by its text user interface. Use system-config-authentication GUI application or the command line options instead.

 

RETURN CODES

authconfig returns 0 on success, 2 on error.

authconfig-tui returns 0 on success, 2 on error, and 1 if the user cancelled the program (by using either the Cancel or Back button).

 

FILES

/etc/sysconfig/authconfig
Used to track whether or not particular authentication mechanisms are enabled. Currently includes variables named USESHADOW, USEMD5, USEKERBEROS, USELDAPAUTH, USESMBAUTH, USEWINBIND, USEWINBINDAUTH, USEHESIOD, USENIS, USELDAP.
/etc/passwd,
Used for shadow password support.
/etc/yp.conf
Configuration file for NIS support.
/etc/sysconfig/network
Another configuration file for NIS support.
/etc/ldap.conf
/etc/openldap/ldap.conf Used to configure LDAP (and OpenLDAP, respectively).
/etc/krb5.conf
Used to configure Kerberos 5.
/etc/krb.conf
Used to configure Kerberos IV (write-only).
/etc/hesiod.conf
Used to configure Hesiod.
/etc/pam_smb.conf
Used to configure SMB authentication.
/etc/samba/smb.conf
Used to configure winbind authentication.
/etc/nsswitch.conf
Used to configure user information services.
/etc/pam.d/system-auth
Common PAM configuration for system services which include it using the include directive. It is created as symlink and not relinked if it points to another file.
/etc/pam.d/system-auth-ac
Contains the actual PAM configuration for system services and is the default target of the /etc/pam.d/system-auth symlink. If a local configuration of PAM is created (and symlinked from system-auth file) this file can be included there.

 

SEE ALSO

passwd(5), shadow(5), pwconv(1), domainname(1), ypbind(8), nsswitch.conf(5), smb.conf(5)

 

AUTHORS

Nalin Dahyabhai <nalin@redhat.com>, Preston Brown <pbrown@redhat.com>,
Matt Wilson <msw@redhat.com>, Tomas Mraz <tmraz@redhat.com>


 

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