openssh 3.6.1_p2 problem with pam (fwd)

Andrea Barisani lcars at
Fri May 2 22:03:52 EST 2003

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Date: Fri, 2 May 2003 14:01:33 +0200
From: Andrea Barisani <lcars at>
To: openssh at
Subject: openssh 3.6.1_p2 problem with pam

Hi, I've just updated to openssh 3.6.1_p2 and I notice this behaviour:

# ssh -l lcars mybox
[2 seconds delay]
lcars at mybox's password:

In the logs I have:

May  2 13:57:11 sole sshd(pam_unix)[19663]: authentication failure; logname= uid=0 euid=0 tty=NODEVssh ruser=  user=lcars
May  2 13:57:13 sole sshd(pam_unix)[19665]: session opened for user lcars by (uid=817)

The first line is logged _before_ sshd prompt the password and that's the
cause of the delay since I'm not using nodelay option in system-auth.

The second one is logged after I enter the correct password.

I don't suppose that this is a correct beahviour, what do you think?

Thanks a lot.


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