PAM_GET_USER(3PAM) PAM Library Functions PAM_GET_USER(3PAM)

NAME


pam_get_user - PAM routine to retrieve user name

SYNOPSIS


cc [ flag ... ] file ... -lpam [ library ... ]
#include <security/pam_appl.h>


int pam_get_user(pam_handle_t *pamh, char **user,
const char *prompt);


DESCRIPTION


The pam_get_user() function is used by PAM service modules to retrieve
the current user name from the PAM handle. If the user name has not been
set with pam_start() or pam_set_item(), the PAM conversation function
will be used to prompt the user for the user name with the string
"prompt". If prompt is NULL, then pam_get_item() is called and the value
of PAM_USER_PROMPT is used for prompting. If the value of
PAM_USER_PROMPT is NULL, the following default prompt is used:

Please enter user name:


After the user name is gathered by the conversation function,
pam_set_item() is called to set the value of PAM_USER. By convention,
applications that need to prompt for a user name should call
pam_set_item() and set the value of PAM_USER_PROMPT before calling
pam_authenticate(). The service module's pam_sm_authenticate() function
will then call pam_get_user() to prompt for the user name.


Note that certain PAM service modules, such as a smart card module, may
override the value of PAM_USER_PROMPT and pass in their own prompt.
Applications that call pam_authenticate() multiple times should set the
value of PAM_USER to NULL with pam_set_item() before calling
pam_authenticate(), if they want the user to be prompted for a new user
name each time. The value of user retrieved by pam_get_user() should not
be modified or freed. The item will be released by pam_end().

RETURN VALUES


Upon success, pam_get_user() returns PAM_SUCCESS; otherwise it returns
an error code. Refer to pam(3PAM) for information on error related return
values.

ATTRIBUTES


See attributes(7) for description of the following attributes:


+--------------------+-------------------------+
| ATTRIBUTE TYPE | ATTRIBUTE VALUE |
+--------------------+-------------------------+
|Interface Stability | Stable |
+--------------------+-------------------------+
|MT-Level | MT-Safe with exceptions |
+--------------------+-------------------------+

SEE ALSO


pam(3PAM), pam_authenticate(3PAM), pam_end(3PAM), pam_get_item(3PAM),
pam_set_item(3PAM), pam_sm(3PAM), pam_sm_authenticate(3PAM),
pam_start(3PAM), attributes(7)

NOTES


The interfaces in libpam are MT-Safe only if each thread within the
multithreaded application uses its own PAM handle.

illumos October 13, 1998 PAM_GET_USER(3PAM)