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NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

     pam_authenticate -- perform authentication within the PAM framework

LIBRARY    [Toc]    [Back]

     PAM Library (libpam, -lpam)

SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]

     #include <sys/types.h>
     #include <security/pam_appl.h>

     pam_authenticate(pam_handle_t *pamh, int flags);

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

     The pam_authenticate function attempts to authenticate the user associated
 with the pam context specified by the pamh argument.

     The application is free to call pam_authenticate as many times as it
     wishes, but some modules may maintain an internal retry counter and
     return PAM_MAXTRIES when it exceeds some preset or hardcoded limit.

     The flags argument is the binary or of zero or more of the following values:

     PAM_SILENT          Do not emit any messages.

                         Fail if the user's authentication token is null.

     If any other bits are set, pam_authenticate will return PAM_SYMBOL_ERR.

RETURN VALUES    [Toc]    [Back]

     The pam_authenticate function returns one of the following values:

     [PAM_ABORT]         General failure.

                         Authentication information is unavailable.

     [PAM_AUTH_ERR]      Authentication error.

     [PAM_BUF_ERR]       Memory buffer error.

     [PAM_CONV_ERR]      Conversation failure.

                         Insufficient credentials.

     [PAM_MAXTRIES]      Maximum number of tries exceeded.

     [PAM_PERM_DENIED]   Permission denied.

     [PAM_SERVICE_ERR]   Error in service module.

     [PAM_SYMBOL_ERR]    Invalid symbol.

     [PAM_SYSTEM_ERR]    System error.

     [PAM_USER_UNKNOWN]  Unknown user.

SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]

     pam(3), pam_strerror(3)

STANDARDS    [Toc]    [Back]

     X/Open Single Sign-On Service (XSSO) - Pluggable Authentication Modules,
     June 1997.

AUTHORS    [Toc]    [Back]

     The pam_authenticate function and this manual page were developed for the
     FreeBSD Project by ThinkSec AS and Network Associates Laboratories, the
     Security Research Division of Network Associates, Inc.  under
     DARPA/SPAWAR contract N66001-01-C-8035 (``CBOSS''), as part of the DARPA
     CHATS research program.

FreeBSD 5.2.1                    July 15, 2003                   FreeBSD 5.2.1
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