Bug 3900

Summary: /lib/security/pam_securetty.so flubs PTS entries under ssh?
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Linux Reporter: James E. Leinweber <jiml>
Component: pamAssignee: David Lawrence <dkl>
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Description James E. Leinweber 1999-07-05 16:10:44 UTC
Attempts to use
  auth required  lib/security/pam_securetty.so debug
in /etc/pam.d/ssh  (with ssh version 1.2.26)
yield "PAM-securetty[1276]: cannot determine user's tty".
Does this mean pam_securetty needs /dev/pts fixes?

Comment 1 Michael K. Johnson 1999-07-30 15:37:59 UTC
No, it means that you should not be using securetty with ssh.
ptys are insecure except when encrypted, say with ssh, and
pam_securetty is doing precisely the right thing.  Just take it
out of the stack for ssh, unless you do not want root to be able
to log in via ssh.  :-)