PAM auth with disabled user

Darren Tucker dtucker at
Sat Jan 14 12:26:25 EST 2006

On Thu, Jan 12, 2006 at 11:45:27AM -0800, Paul Moore wrote:
> Our test was with 4.1p1
> I see that you display a message (if set). But then you proceed to
> repromt even though the pam module returned a disabled error code.
> I guess you are saying that the PAM module must tell the user they are
> disabled. 

Yes.  As a general rule, sshd tries to give the client no indication as
to why an authentication failed.  If you want to PAM to provide some
information to the client then you can, but you need to configure PAM
to do so.

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