Subject: Re: BSD auth for NetBSD
To: Todd Vierling <>
From: Bill Studenmund <>
List: tech-security
Date: 09/10/2003 22:28:12
On Thu, 11 Sep 2003, Todd Vierling wrote:

> On Wed, 10 Sep 2003, Bill Studenmund wrote:
> : Note: last week I was thinking we would just have to have both, since
> : unifying would be such a mess. I now thing we will have three classes of
> : apps: ones written explicitly for BSD Auth, ones written explicitly for
> : PAM, and ones written for libc/nsswitch.  The NetBSD-shipped apps would be
> : in the latter category, so that one binary distribution could serve as the
> : basis for both BSD Auth and PAM using instalations.
> If that were the case, with dynamic nsswitch modules, then neither BSD auth
> nor PAM even need to be in the base system.  (There's already a growing
> pkgsrc PAM module base, and all you'd need would be a package that glues PAM
> to the dynamic nsswitch API.)


Take care,