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-pam_rhosts — The rhosts PAM module
-This module performs the standard network authentication for services, as used
-by traditional implementations of rlogin and rsh etc.
-The authentication mechanism of this module is based on the contents of two
-files; /etc/hosts.equiv (or and ~/.rhosts. Firstly, hosts listed in the former
-file are treated as equivalent to the localhost. Secondly, entries in the
-user's own copy of the latter file is used to map "remote-host remote-user"
-pairs to that user's account on the current host. Access is granted to the user
-if their host is present in /etc/hosts.equiv and their remote account is
-identical to their local one, or if their remote account has an entry in their
-personal configuration file.
-The module authenticates a remote user (internally specified by the item
-PAM_RUSER connecting from the remote host (internally specified by the item
-PAM_RHOST). Accordingly, for applications to be compatible this authentication
-module they must set these items prior to calling pam_authenticate(). The
-module is not capable of independently probing the network connection for such
- Print debug information.
- Don't print informative messages.
- Handle account as root.
-To grant a remote user access by /etc/hosts.equiv or .rhosts for rsh add the
-following lines to /etc/pam.d/rsh:
-auth required
-auth required
-auth required
-auth required
-pam_rhosts was written by Thorsten Kukuk <>