The Pluggable Authentication Modules (PAM) framework is an integral part of the Solaris 8 operating environment. PAM brings flexibility and modularity in terms of both configuration and use. It also provides an easily extensible platform for third-party authentication services, such as the Distributed Computing Environment (DCE). In Solaris 8, the PAM framework consists of three parts: the PAM library, the PAM configuration file, and the PAM modules.
The PAM framework defines four types of modules:
Account management modules
Session management modules
Password management modules
The type of a particular module defines its role and the system’s interface with the ...