pam_systemd_loadkey(8) — Linux manual page


PAM_SYSTEMD_LOADKEY(8)     pam_systemd_loadkey    PAM_SYSTEMD_LOADKEY(8)

NAME         top

       pam_systemd_loadkey - Read password from kernel keyring and set
       it as PAM authtok

SYNOPSIS         top

DESCRIPTION         top

       pam_systemd_loadkey reads a NUL-separated password list from the
       kernel keyring, and sets the last password in the list as the PAM

       The password list is supposed to be stored in the "user" keyring
       of the root user, by an earlier call to systemd-ask-password(1)
       with --keyname=. You can pass the keyname to pam_systemd_loadkey
       via the keyname= option.

OPTIONS         top

       The following options are understood:

           Takes a string argument which sets the keyname to read. The
           default is "cryptsetup", which is used by
           systemd-cryptsetup@.service(8) to store LUKS passphrase
           during boot.

           Added in version 255.

           The module will log debugging information as it operates.

           Added in version 255.

EXAMPLE         top

       This module is intended to be used when you use LUKS with a
       passphrase, enable autologin in the display manager, and want to
       unlock Gnome Keyring / KDE KWallet automatically. So in total,
       you only enter one password during boot.

       You need to set the password of your Gnome Keyring/KWallet to the
       same as your LUKS passphrase. Then add the following lines to
       your display manager's PAM config under /etc/pam.d/ (e.g.

           -auth       optional
           -session    optional auto_start
           -session    optional auto_start

       And add the following lines to your display manager's systemd
       service file, so it can access root's keyring:


       In this setup, early during the boot process,
       systemd-cryptsetup@.service(8) will ask for the passphrase and
       store it in the kernel keyring with the keyname "cryptsetup".
       Then when the display manager does the autologin,
       pam_systemd_loadkey will read the passphrase from the kernel
       keyring, set it as the PAM authtok, and then pam_gnome_keyring
       and pam_kwallet5 will unlock with the same passphrase.

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systemd 255                                       PAM_SYSTEMD_LOADKEY(8)

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