Re: GDM and alternate authentication methods

On Thu, May 31, 2001 at 03:36:38PM +0300, Marius Andreiana wrote:
> "Brandon S. Allbery KF8NH" wrote:
> > In short:  will GDM be usable without PAM?
> Perhaps only the basic auth (user/pass compared with /etc/shadow), but
> not anything else
> (e.g. a system with LOTS of users which does an sql auth)
> Using Linux, I don't see this a disadvantage. PAM works, we can use
> that, we don't need to re-implement.
> Better port PAM to other OSes.

Not only voice/dna/retina but also other authentication methods such as RSA
securid tokens.  The rsa library is not free, but if a plugin method was set
up, people who have access to the RSA securid libs (such as myself) could
create a module for it.  No idea how the licensing implications work, the
license with RSA says you can't expose their API, which is fine, but the code
probably couldn't be released under GPL.  Irregardless, for people who *do*
have relations with RSA, this would be (IMHO) a good addition to the
authentication in GDM (or pam :)


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