pam_exec is a PAM module that can be used to run an external command.
The child's environment is set to the current PAM environment list, as
In addition, the following PAM items are
exported as environment variables: PAM_RHOST,
PAM_TTY, PAM_USER and
PAM_TYPE, which contains one of the module
Commands called by pam_exec need to be aware of that the user can have control over the environment.
Print debug information.
During authentication the calling command can read the password from stdin(3). Only first PAM_MAX_RESP_SIZE bytes of a password are provided to the command.
The output of the command is appended to
Only run the command if the module type matches the given type.
Per default the output of the executed command is written to
/dev/null. With this option, the stdout output of the executed command is redirected to the calling application. It's in the responsibility of this application what happens with the output. The
log option is ignored.
Per default pam_exec.so will echo the exit status of the external command if it fails. Specifying this option will suppress the message.
Per default pam_exec.so will execute the external command with the real user ID of the calling process. Specifying this option means the command is run with the effective user ID.
The external command was run successfully.
Memory buffer error.
The conversation method supplied by the application failed to obtain the username.
The conversation method supplied by the application returned PAM_CONV_AGAIN.
No argument or a wrong number of arguments were given.
A system error occurred or the command to execute failed.
pam_setcred was called, which
does not execute the command. Or, the value given for the type=
parameter did not match the module type.
Add the following line to
rebuild the NIS database after each local password change:
password optional pam_exec.so seteuid /usr/bin/make -C /var/yp
This will execute the command
make -C /var/yp
with effective user ID.