unix_chkpwd(8) — Linux manual page


UNIX_CHKPWD(8)              Linux-PAM Manual              UNIX_CHKPWD(8)

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       unix_chkpwd - Helper binary that verifies the password of the
       current user

SYNOPSIS         top

       unix_chkpwd [...]

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       unix_chkpwd is a helper program for the pam_unix module that
       verifies the password of the current user. It also checks
       password and account expiration dates in shadow. It is not
       intended to be run directly from the command line and logs a
       security violation if done so.

       It is typically installed setuid root or setgid shadow.

       The interface of the helper - command line options, and
       input/output data format are internal to the pam_unix module and
       it should not be called directly from applications.

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       Written by Andrew Morgan and other various people.

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Linux-PAM Manual               12/22/2023                 UNIX_CHKPWD(8)

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