pam_start(): system error

Tim Dunphy bluethundr at
Sat May 26 02:36:08 UTC 2012

Hello list,

 My freebsd 8.2 box has a new, interesting error. When I go to change
any user password I see the message passwd: pam_start(): system error
as in :

[root at LBSD2:/etc/pam.d] #passwd
Changing local password for root
passwd: pam_start(): system error

passwd is able to see it's libraries:

[root at LBSD2:/etc/pam.d] #ldd /usr/bin/passwd
/usr/bin/passwd: => /usr/lib/ (0x2808e000) => /lib/ (0x28096000)

Here are my libraries:

[root at LBSD2:/etc/pam.d] #ls /lib

I was wondering if there was a way to resintall pam under freebsd?

This machine is an 8.2 release

FreeBSD 8.2-RELEASE FreeBSD 8.2-RELEASE #0: Fri
Feb 18 02:24:46 UTC 2011
root at  i386


GPG me!!

gpg --keyserver --recv-keys F186197B

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