pam_nologin <root
PAM_NOLOGIN(8)                           Linux-PAM Manual                          PAM_NOLOGIN(8)

NAME
       pam_nologin - Prevent non-root users from login

SYNOPSIS
       pam_nologin.so [file=/path/nologin] [successok]

DESCRIPTION
       pam_nologin is a PAM module that prevents users from logging into the system when
       /var/run/nologin or /etc/nologin exists. The contents of the file are displayed to the
       user. The pam_nologin module has no effect on the root user's ability to log in.

OPTIONS
       file=/path/nologin
           Use this file instead the default /var/run/nologin or /etc/nologin.

       successok
           Return PAM_SUCCESS if no file exists, the default is PAM_IGNORE.

MODULE TYPES PROVIDED
       The auth and acct module types are provided.

RETURN VALUES
       PAM_AUTH_ERR
           The user is not root and /etc/nologin exists, so the user is not permitted to log in.

       PAM_BUF_ERR
           Memory buffer error.

       PAM_IGNORE
           This is the default return value.

       PAM_SUCCESS
           Success: either the user is root or the nologin file does not exist.

       PAM_USER_UNKNOWN
           User not known to the underlying authentication module.

EXAMPLES
       The suggested usage for /etc/pam.d/login is:

           auth  required  pam_nologin.so

NOTES
       In order to make this module effective, all login methods should be secured by it. It
       should be used as a required method listed before any sufficient methods in order to get
       standard Unix nologin semantics. Note, the use of successok module argument causes the
       module to return PAM_SUCCESS and as such would break such a configuration - failing
       sufficient modules would lead to a successful login because the nologin module succeeded.

SEE ALSO
       nologin(5), pam.conf(5), pam.d(5), pam(7)

AUTHOR
       pam_nologin was written by Michael K. Johnson .

Linux-PAM Manual                            09/19/2013                             PAM_NOLOGIN(8)

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