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How to run a script on every failed login attempt on lock screen?

asked 2016-07-01 12:02:37 -0600

vikas_kr gravatar image

I have written a shell script to create a log. I want to run it on every failed login attempt. How to configure pam files for this in fedora 23/24?

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answered 2016-07-28 16:18:14 -0600

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You could have a background script run as root and watch the system log for messages. journalctl -f -t unix_chkpwd should pick up every password failure as it happens. Or journalctl -f -t gdm-password] will show various information including password failures from gdm. And yes, that right square bracket is necessary in F23 and F24, probably a bug somewhere.

You can also use PAM to do it. If you ever use authconfig, it will get overwritten and your changes will be lost. password-auth is a link to password-auth-ac, so edit /etc/pam.d/password-auth-ac. After this line:

auth        sufficient nullok try_first_pass


auth        optional /your/script/

The script will run as root in the context of gdm. See man pam_exec for some more info.

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