2.9.9p2 bug in PAM support

Nicolas Williams Nicolas.Williams at ubsw.com
Mon Oct 1 23:44:14 EST 2001

Perhaps OpenSSH should use a different PAM_SERVICE name for non-tty
sessions so its PAM stack could be configured differently than for tty

This may not be possible, if OpenSSH's sshd doesn't know what kind of
session to run when it calls pam_start(). Is this so?

Alternatively, using 'ssh' as the PAM_TTY might do, but then, should
pam_close_session() be called right away after pam_open_session()?


On Sat, Sep 29, 2001 at 09:57:48AM +1000, Andrew Bartlett wrote:
> There are a number of bugs in some PAM modules (pam_time.so notably)
> where they really object when you don't give them a TTY.  This define
> just makes OpenSSH give 'ssh' as the tty.
> (The OpenSSH team are really in a bind here, as they have one group of
> people - like me - who want those session modules used, and another
> group for whome it locks them out.  As you noted the previous version
> changed in your favor, but it was changed back on complaints from other
> users and a 'discussion' on BugTraq).
> Hope this helps, 
> Andrew Bartlett
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