pam_setcred man page
pam_setcred — establish / delete user credentials
#include <security/pam_appl.h> int pam_setcred(pam_handle_t *pamh, int flags);
pam_setcred function is used to establish, maintain and delete the credentials of a user. It should be called to set the credentials after a user has been authenticated and before a session is opened for the user (with pam_open_session(3)). The credentials should be deleted after the session has been closed (with pam_close_session(3)).
A credential is something that the user possesses. It is some property, such as a Kerberos ticket, or a supplementary group membership that make up the uniqueness of a given user. On a Linux system the user's UID and GID's are credentials too. However, it has been decided that these properties (along with the default supplementary groups of which the user is a member) are credentials that should be set directly by the application and not by PAM. Such credentials should be established, by the application, prior to a call to this function. For example, initgroups(2) (or equivalent) should have been performed.
Valid flags, any one of which, may be logically OR'd with
- Initialize the credentials for the user.
- Delete the user's credentials.
- Fully reinitialize the user's credentials.
- Extend the lifetime of the existing credentials.
- Memory buffer error.
- Failed to set user credentials.
- User credentials are expired.
- Failed to retrieve user credentials.
- Data was successful stored.
- A NULL pointer was submitted as PAM handle, the function was called by a module or another system error occured.
- User is not known to an authentication module.
pam_authenticate(3), pam_open_session(3), pam_close_session(3), pam_strerror(3)
pam(3), pam_authenticate(3), pam_chauthtok(3), pam_filter(8), pam_sm_setcred(3), pam_tally2(8).
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