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Solaris 8 Security by Edgar Danielyan

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Pluggable Authentication Modules (PAM)

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.

PAM Modules and Types

The PAM framework defines four types of modules:

  • Authentication 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 ...

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