Centralized DB of "system" users

Ivan Voras ivoras at freebsd.org
Fri Dec 12 02:25:06 PST 2008

Ivan Voras wrote:
> Manolis Kiagias wrote:
>>> don't have local users but they query the DB to get login credentials and
>>> such. I don't
>>> really know what to look for. So any suggestion and hints to how can i
>>> achieve this
>>> are welcomed.
>>> thank you and a great day,
>>> v
>> What you are looking for is called NIS:
>> http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/network-nis.html
>> However note it is not (unfortunately) interoperable between FreeBSD and
>> Linux, although there is a setting (UNSECURE=true in /var/yp/Makefile of
>> the NIS server) that works around this, albeit it lowers security.
>> There are other solutions too (LDAP?) but NIS would be the easiest to
>> setup.
> I agree - NIS is easiest to setup, but LDAP is the right solution in
> this case (though it's very complicated to set up, especially the first
> time).
> One alternative to those is samba - there is pam_smb in the ports, but
> there's no nss_smb but that's somewhat weird to use in a unix-like
> environment :)

I just found about http://pam-mysql.sourceforge.net/

In ports as security/pam-mysql and the NSS in net/libnss-mysql . I
didn't try it.

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