PAM_PWHISTORY(8) Linux-PAM Manual PAM_PWHISTORY(8)
pam_pwhistory - PAM module to remember last passwords
pam_pwhistory.so [debug] [use_authtok] [enforce_for_root] [remember=N] [retry=N] [authtok_type=STRING] [file=/path/filename] [conf=/path/to/config-file]
This module saves the last passwords for each user in order to force password change history and keep the user from alternating between the same password too frequently. This module does not work together with kerberos. In general, it does not make much sense to use this module in conjunction with NIS or LDAP, since the old passwords are stored on the local machine and are not available on another machine for password history checking.
debug Turns on debugging via syslog(3). use_authtok When password changing enforce the module to use the new password provided by a previously stacked password module (this is used in the example of the stacking of the pam_passwdqc module documented below). enforce_for_root If this option is set, the check is enforced for root, too. remember=N The last N passwords for each user are saved. The default is 10. Value of 0 makes the module to keep the existing contents of the opasswd file unchanged. retry=N Prompt user at most N times before returning with error. The default is 1. authtok_type=STRING See pam_get_authtok(3) for more details. file=/path/filename Store password history in file /path/filename rather than the default location. The default location is /etc/security/opasswd. conf=/path/to/config-file Use another configuration file instead of the default /etc/security/pwhistory.conf. The options for configuring the module behavior are described in the pwhistory.conf(5) manual page. The options specified on the module command line override the values from the configuration file.
Only the password module type is provided.
PAM_AUTHTOK_ERR No new password was entered, the user aborted password change or new password couldn't be set. PAM_IGNORE Password history was disabled. PAM_MAXTRIES Password was rejected too often. PAM_USER_UNKNOWN User is not known to system.
An example password section would be: #%PAM-1.0 password required pam_pwhistory.so password required pam_unix.so use_authtok In combination with pam_passwdqc: #%PAM-1.0 password required pam_passwdqc.so config=/etc/passwdqc.conf password required pam_pwhistory.so use_authtok password required pam_unix.so use_authtok
/etc/security/opasswd Default file with password history
pwhistory.conf(5), pam.conf(5), pam.d(5), pam(8) pam_get_authtok(3)
pam_pwhistory was written by Thorsten Kukuk <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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Pages that refer to this page: pwhistory.conf(5), pwhistory_helper(8)