This gem is in need of a new maintainer. I'm not using it anymore so if you'd like to take it over, get in touch.
Looking for similar functionality in Clojure (very ealry alpha)?
This extension provides PAM (Pluggable Authentication Modules) integration. The library provides a stable API for applications to defer to for authentication tasks.
Users whould be aware that on systems using shadow passwords, authentication of users other than the current user will fail unless either a) the authenticating Ruby code is executed as root or, b) /sbin/unix_chkpwd is suid root (or sgid shadow).
On some distros, this is the case by default; otherwise, it may be necessary to run:
sudo chmod 2755 /sbin/unix_chkpwd
assuming /etc/shadow is set 0640 and owned by root:shadow, and /sbin/unix_chkpwd is owned by root:shadow.
In a nutshell (using the 'rpam' PAM service):
require 'rpam' if Rpam.auth("user","password") == true
puts “Authenticate Successful”
else puts "Authenticate Failure" end
Or, to use a different PAM service:
if Rpam.auth("user", "password", :service => 'my_foo') == true
This also supports compatibility with the original 'rpam':
include Rpam if authpam("user","password") == true
On Red Hat/Fedora based systems:
yum install pam-devel
yum install ruby-devel
On Debian/Ubuntu based systems:
apt-get install libpam0g-dev
apt-get install ruby1.9-dev
Note: If you're using rvm, the ruby development headers will be installed in the correct rvm path by default, so don't worry about the Ruby development libraries.
gem install rpam-ruby19 (might need sudo privileges)
Or, you can do it the hard way (without Rubygems):
tar xzf rpam-*.tar.gz
make install (might need sudo privileges)
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