Pluggable Authentication Module definition security
(PAM) The new industry standard integrated login framework
. PAM is used by system entry components, such as the Common Desktop Environment
's dtlogin, to authenticate users logging into a Unix
system. It provides pluggability for a variety of system-entry services. PAM's ability to stack
can be used to integrate login
with different authentication mechanisms such as RSA
, and thus unify login mechanisms. PAM can also integrate smart card
White paper (http://gr.osf.org/book/psm-wppr.htm).
[OSF-RFC 86.0 V. Samar, R. Schemers, "Unified Login with Pluggable Authentication Modules (PAM)", Oct 1995].