Ext2: What the heck is PAM anyhow?Aug 20, 1999, 18:02 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kevin Fenzi)
[ Thanks to Rob Kennedy for this link. ]
"In this article I will describe how PAM works and demonstrate it's usefulness."
"PAM stands for Pluggable Authentication Modules. Basically PAM is a way to change on the fly the way applications or services are authenticated. When you use PAM, you can define at run time how an application or service is authenticated, rather than having to recompile it."
"Pluggable Authentication Modules (PAM) was designed to provide a generic method of accesing a variety of password and other authentication schemes. As the name implies, there is a set of modules which may be "plugged in" to change the behavior of authentication."