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Bug 8547 - pam_pwdb is REALLY slow for authenticating users
pam_pwdb is REALLY slow for authenticating users
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: pwdb (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Cristian Gafton
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Reported: 2000-01-17 14:31 EST by aland
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2000-02-03 21:17:45 EST
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Description aland 2000-01-17 14:31:54 EST
RH 6.1 ships with pam_pwdb configured in /etc/pam.d/login etc.  Yet for
systems with many users (100's to 1000's), pam_pwdb takes *seconds* to
check a password against /etc/passwd.

If the pam_pwdb lines in /etc/pam.d/login are replaced with the appropriate
pam_unix_{auth, acct, session}, then little or no delay is seen on log in.
Comment 1 Cristian Gafton 2000-02-03 21:17:59 EST
I agree this is a problem ; however, a correct solution involves extensive
rewrites - we will be switching away from pwdb in the future.

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