PAM Application Programming and Password prompts

Waitman Gobble gobble.wa at
Sat Dec 7 15:39:59 UTC 2013

On Sat, Dec 7, 2013 at 7:29 AM, Daniel Corbe <corbe at> wrote:

> Hi,
> I hope this is the right place to ask programming related questions.
> I'm looking at the sample PAM application in the handbook and it appears
> straight-froward enough.
> But pam_authenticate() seems to emit its own password prompt and there
> seems to be no obvious way to simply feed it a plain text password.
> I'm manually collecting a password from the user.
> Can someone point me in the right direction?
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Take a look at the src for su in src/usr.bin/su/su.c

Also, here is a simple example of Qt authenticating with pam.

Waitman Gobble
San Jose California USA

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