pam_securetty


SYNOPSIS
       pam_securetty.so [debug]

DESCRIPTION
       pam_securetty is a PAM module that allows root logins only if the user
       is logging in on a "secure" tty, as defined by the listing in
       /etc/securetty. pam_securetty also checks to make sure that
       /etc/securetty is a plain file and not world writable. It will also
       allow root logins on the tty specified with console= switch on the
       kernel command line and on ttys from the /sys/class/tty/console/active.

       This module has no effect on non-root users and requires that the
       application fills in the PAM_TTY item correctly.

       For canonical usage, should be listed as a required authentication
       method before any sufficient authentication methods.

OPTIONS
       debug
           Print debug information.

       noconsole
           Do not automatically allow root logins on the kernel console
           device, as specified on the kernel command line or by the sys file,
           if it is not also specified in the /etc/securetty file.

MODULE TYPES PROVIDED
       Only the auth module type is provided.

RETURN VALUES
       PAM_SUCCESS
           The user is allowed to continue authentication. Either the user is
           not root, or the root user is trying to log in on an acceptable
           device.

       PAM_AUTH_ERR
           Authentication is rejected. Either root is attempting to log in via
           an unacceptable device, or the /etc/securetty file is world
           writable or not a normal file.

       PAM_INCOMPLETE
           An application error occurred. pam_securetty was not able to get
           information it required from the application that called it.

       PAM_SERVICE_ERR
           An error occurred while the module was determining the user's name
           or tty, or the module could not open /etc/securetty.

       PAM_USER_UNKNOWN
           The module could not find the user name in the /etc/passwd file to
           verify whether the user had a UID of 0. Therefore, the results of
           running this module are ignored.



Linux-PAM Manual                  09/19/2013                  PAM_SECURETTY(8)
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