The pam_wheel PAM module is used to enforce the so-called wheel
group. By default it permits root access to the system if the
applicant user is a member of the wheel group. If no group with this
name exist, the module is using the group with the group-ID 0.
Print debug information.
Reverse the sense of the auth operation: if the user is trying to
get UID 0 access and is a member of the wheel group (or the group
of the group option), deny access. Conversely, if the user is not
in the group, return PAM_IGNORE (unless trust was also specified,
in which case we return PAM_SUCCESS).
Instead of checking the wheel or GID 0 groups, use the name group
to perform the authentication.
The check for wheel membership is done only when the target user
UID is 0.
The pam_wheel module will return PAM_SUCCESS instead of
PAM_IGNORE if the user is a member of the wheel group (thus with
a little play stacking the modules the wheel members may be able
to su to root without being prompted for a passwd).
The check for wheel membership will be done against the current
uid instead of the original one (useful when jumping with su from
one account to another for example).
Memory buffer error.
The return value should be ignored by PAM dispatch.
Cannot determine the user name.
User not known.
The root account gains access by default (rootok), only wheel members
can become root (wheel) but Unix authenticate non-root applicants.
su auth sufficient pam_rootok.so
su auth required pam_wheel.so
su auth required pam_unix.so
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