Subject: Re: pppd as login shell
To: John Nemeth <>
From: Curt Sampson <>
List: current-users
Date: 11/11/1996 08:15:53
On Sun, 10 Nov 1996, John Nemeth wrote:

> } How about using smart serial cards?
>      By the time I pay for those and/or write the necessary drivers, I
> might as well buy a terminal server.

You could take the cards out of your NetBlazer. :-) (After all,
all a NetBlazer is is a $5000 486. :-))

>      However, this does bring up an interesting idea.  Could a RADIUS
> server, or client be modified/written that could replace getty/login?

It's been done several times, actually. However, it gets a bit
messy.  If you have an mgetty just starting pppd, and pppd uses
radius for PAP or CHAP authentication, that's fairly simple and
useful. However, using Radius for shell account authentication gets
a bit interesting, because there are a lot of other places in the
system that rely on passwd file information.


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