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NOTE: CentOS Enterprise Linux is built from the Red Hat Enterprise Linux source code. Other than logo and name changes CentOS Enterprise Linux is compatible with the equivalent Red Hat version. This document applies equally to both Red Hat and CentOS Enterprise Linux.

16.8. Additional Resources

The following resources further explain methods to use and configure PAM. In addition to these resources, read the PAM configuration files on the system to better understand how they are structured.

16.8.1. Installed Documentation

  • PAM related man pages — There are a number of man pages for the various applications and configuration files involved with PAM. The following is a list of some of the more important man pages.

    Configuration Files
    • man pam — Good introductory information on PAM, including the structure and purpose of the PAM configuration files. Note that although this man page talks about the /etc/pam.conf file, the actual configuration files for PAM under Red Hat Enterprise Linux are in the /etc/pam.d/ directory.

    • man pam_console — Describes the purpose of the module. It also describes the appropriate syntax for an entry within a PAM configuration file.

    • man console.apps — Describes the format and options available within /etc/security/console.apps the configuration file which defines which applications are accessible by the console user assigned by PAM.

    • man console.perms — Describes the format and options available within /etc/security/console.perms, the configuration file for the console user permissions assigned by PAM.

    • man pam_timestamp — Describes the module.

  • /usr/share/doc/pam-<version-number> — Contains a System Administrators' Guide, a Module Writers' Manual, and the Application Developers' Manual, as well as a copy of the PAM standard, DCE-RFC 86.0 (replace <version-number> with the version number of PAM).

  • /usr/share/doc/pam-<version-number>/txts/README.pam_timestamp — Contains information about the PAM module (replace <version-number> with the version number of PAM).

16.8.2. Useful Websites

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