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+.\" Title: pam_rhosts
+.\" Author:
+.\" Generator: DocBook XSL Stylesheets v1.70.1 <>
+.\" Date: 06/28/2006
+.\" Manual: Linux\-PAM Manual
+.\" Source: Linux\-PAM Manual
+.TH "PAM_RHOSTS" "8" "06/28/2006" "Linux\-PAM Manual" "Linux\-PAM Manual"
+.\" disable hyphenation
+.\" disable justification (adjust text to left margin only) l
+pam_rhosts \- The rhosts PAM module
+.HP 14
+This module performs the standard network authentication for services, as used by traditional implementations of
+The authentication mechanism of this module is based on the contents of two files;
+(or and
+\fI~/.rhosts\fR. 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 "\fIremote\-host remote\-user\fR" pairs to that user's account on the current host. Access is granted to the user if their host is present in
+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
+connecting from the remote host (internally specified by the item
+\fBPAM_RHOST\fR). Accordingly, for applications to be compatible this authentication module they must set these items prior to calling
+\fBpam_authenticate()\fR. The module is not capable of independently probing the network connection for such information.
+.TP 3n
+Print debug information.
+.TP 3n
+Don't print informative messages.
+.TP 3n
+as root.
+Only the
+service is supported.
+.TP 3n
+The remote host, remote user name or the local user name couldn't be determined or access was denied by
+.TP 3n
+User is not known to system.
+To grant a remote user access by
+add the following lines to
+.RS 3n
+auth required
+auth required
+auth required
+auth required
+pam_rhosts was written by Thorsten Kukuk <>