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Purpose of commit: new feature/big release cleanup Commit summary: --------------- Big cleanup to get release done: 2006-06-28 Thorsten Kukuk <> * bump version number to * modules/pam_rhosts/pam_rhosts.c: New module, replaces * modules/pam_rhosts/pam_rhosts.8.xml: New. * modules/pam_rhosts/pam_rhosts.8: New, generated from XML source. * modules/pam_rhosts/tst-pam_rhosts: New. * modules/pam_rhosts/ Add pam_rhosts, generate manual page and README. * modules/pam_rhosts/README.xml: New. * modules/pam_rhosts/reADME: Regenerated from XML source. * doc/man/pam_sm_acct_mgmt.3.xml: Adjust syntax for module writers guide. * doc/man/pam_sm_authenticate.3.xml: Likewise. * doc/man/pam_sm_chauthtok.3.xml: Likewise. * doc/man/pam_sm_close_session.3.xml: Likewise. * doc/man/pam_sm_open_session.3.xml: Likewise. * doc/man/pam_sm_setcred.3.xml: Likewise. * po/ Add new source files. * libpam/pam_static_modules.h: Add new modules. * modules/pam_keyinit.c: Add _pam_keyinit_modstruct.
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+<?xml version="1.0" encoding='UTF-8'?>
+<!DOCTYPE article PUBLIC "-//OASIS//DTD DocBook XML V4.4//EN"
+ <articleinfo>
+ <title>
+ <xi:include xmlns:xi=""
+ href="pam_namespace.8.xml" xpointer='xpointer(//refnamediv[@id = "pam_namespace-name"]/*)'/>
+ </title>
+ </articleinfo>
+ <section>
+ <programlisting><![CDATA[
+pam_namespace module:
+Setup a private namespace with polyinstantiated directories.
+The pam namespace module consults /etc/security/namespace.conf
+configuration file and sets up a private namespace with polyinstantiated
+directories for a session managed by PAM. A skeleton namespace.conf
+installed by default provides example for polyinstantiating /tmp, /var/tmp
+and users' home directory.
+If an executable script /etc/security/namespace.init exists, it
+is used to initialize the namespace every time a new instance directory
+is setup. The script receives the polyinstantiated directory path
+and the instance directory path as its arguments.
+Each line in namespace.conf describes a limit for a user in the form:
+<polydir> <instance_prefix> <method> <list_of_uids>
+<polydir> - is the absolute pathname of the directory to polyinstantiate
+ Special entry $HOME is supported to designate user's home directory.
+ This field cannot be blank.
+<instance_prefix> - is the string prefix used to build the pathname for the
+ instantiation of <polydir>. The directory security context, or
+ optionally its md5sum string (32 hex characters), is appended to
+ the prefix to generate the final instance directory path.
+ This directory is created if it did not exist already, and is then
+ bind mounted on the <polydir> to provide an instance of <polydir>
+ based on the <method> column. The special string $HOME is replaced with
+ the user's home directory, and $USER with the username.
+ This field cannot be blank.
+<method> - is the method used for polyinstantiation. It can take 3 different
+ values; "user" for polyinstantiation based on user name, "context"
+ for polyinstantiation based on process security context, and "both"
+ for polyinstantiation based on both user name and security context.
+ Methods "context" and "both" are only available with SELinux. This
+ field cannot be blank.
+<list_of_uids> - is a comma separated list of user names for whom the
+ polyinstantiation is not performed. If left blank, polyinstantiation
+ will be performed for all users.
+EXAMPLE /etc/security/namespace.conf configuration file:
+# Following three lines will polyinstantiate /tmp, /var/tmp and user's home
+# directories. /tmp and /var/tmp will be polyinstantiated based on both
+# security context as well as user name, whereas home directory will
+# be polyinstantiated based on security context only. Polyinstantiation
+# will not be performed for user root and adm for directories /tmp and
+# /var/tmp, whereas home directories will be polyinstantiated for all
+# users. The user name and/or context is appended to the instance prefix.
+# Note that instance directories do not have to reside inside the
+# polyinstantiated directory. In the examples below, instances of /tmp
+# will be created in /tmp-inst directory, where as instances of /var/tmp
+# and users home directories will reside within the directories that
+# are being polyinstantiated.
+# Instance parent directories must exist for the polyinstantiation
+# mechanism to work. By default, they should be created with the mode
+# of 000. pam_namespace module will enforce this mode unless it
+# is explicitly called with an argument to ignore the mode of the
+# instance parent. System administrators should use this argument with
+# caution, as it will reduce security and isolation achieved by
+# polyinstantiation.
+/tmp /tmp-inst/ both root,adm
+/var/tmp /var/tmp/tmp-inst/ both root,adm
+$HOME $HOME/$USER.inst/inst- context
+ debug
+ Verbose logging by syslog
+ unmnt_remnt
+ For programs such as su and newrole, the login session has
+ already setup a polyinstantiated namespace. For these programs,
+ polyinstantiation is performed based on new user id or security
+ context, however the command first needs to undo the
+ polyinstantiation performed by login. This argument instructs
+ the command to first undo previous polyinstantiation before
+ proceeding with new polyinstantiation based on new id/context.
+ unmnt_only
+ For trusted programs that want to undo any existing bind mounts
+ and process instance directories on their own, this argument
+ allows them to unmount currently mounted instance directories.
+ require_selinux
+ If selinux is not enabled, return failure.
+ gen_hash
+ Instead of using the security context string for the instance
+ name, generate and use its md5 hash.
+ ignore_config_error
+ If a line in the configuration file corresponding to a
+ polyinstantiated directory contains format error, skip that
+ line process the next line. Without this option, pam will return
+ an error to the calling program resulting in termination
+ of the session.
+ ignore_instance_parent_mode
+ Instance parent directories by default are expected to have
+ the restrictive mode of 000. Using this option, an administrator
+ can choose to ignore the mode of the instance parent.
+ session open_session and close_session
+ For the <service>s you need polyinstantiation (login for example)
+ put the following line in /etc/pam.d/<service> as the last line for
+ session group:
+ session required [arguments]
+ This module also depends on setting the context.
+ </programlisting>
+ </section>