Freebsd auto locking users

Kevin Kinsey kdk at
Wed Aug 6 13:33:09 UTC 2008

Khachatur Shahinyan wrote:
> Dear FreeBsd gurus, I have a problem concerning users password and 
> authentication policies. The goal is
> 1)make freebsd to lock users after 3 unsuccessful login attempts,
> 2)force users to change their passwords every 90 days
> I've done such changes in Linux distros, with various PAM modules.But in 
> Freebsd it seems that i need to use login.conf file. 

I think you want PAM in FreeBSD also.  Check

>  Here I made 
> necessary changes in  that file:
>  >>>>>>
> default:\
> .............
> .............
> .............      :login-retries=1:\
> :passwordtime=90d:\
> :warnpassword=7d:\
> :warnexpire=7d:\
>  >>>>>>> 
> Then I made the cap_mkdb /etc/login.conf , and everything went normal, 
> no error messages, but after adding a test user I see no changes in the 
> master.passwd file.
> The fields which are reserved for password aging parameters are 0:0
> test:$1$F9yf.PuK$xqIsGEgK3MexpPZ4UBav0.:1001:1001::0:0:User 
> &:/home/test:/bin/sh
> And the locking point does not work either, e.g. no matter how many 
> times I input wrong password, I'm still able to login. :(
> I cannot understand what I'm doing wrong, and what should be done solve 
> this issues? I'm not an expert Freebsd administration, so any comments 
> and suggestions are welcome.

Kevin Kinsey

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