Mel wrote:
On Saturday 01 September 2007 14:36:13 Rolf G Nielsen wrote:
Mel wrote:
On Saturday 01 September 2007 10:54:58 Rolf G Nielsen wrote:
I just installed 7.0-CURRENT (after someone said on this list that it's
very stable and there are very few bugs left). So far it seems to work
fine, but there's one thing that bothers me. I repeatedly get the
following messages in the console:

in openpam_dispatch(): no pam_sm_authenticate()
in openpam_dispatch(): no pam_sm_setcred()

One of those, or sometimes both, appear every time someone logs in, and
since I use fetchmail to get mail from several accounts and deliver them
locally, and then a local POP3 server from which my mail clients gets
the mail, the logins, and thus the warning/error messages, are quite

Now for my actual questions:

1. How severe are those messages? Should I assume that there are
security holes?
Don't think so. I think you didn't recompile PAM-aware software (like
fetchmail and qpopper) so PAM warns you they didn't call the proper

2. How do I get rid of the messages? No matter how severe they are, I do
NOT want them filling up the console. So how could I correct the
Silence it by altering auth.notice to auth.none on the /dev/console line
in /etc/syslog.conf and then restart syslogd (/etc/rc.d/syslogd restart).

2a. Why do those messages appear at all? Could I have done something
wrong when building and installing world and/or kernel?
I think it's mostly the port software. Sshd for instance shouldn't
generate this problem.
Here's exactly what I've done:

1. I downloaded the sources into a separate source tree (to keep the 6.2
sources if I wanted to roll back), /usr/src7.

Aha! [1]

k. mergemaster

[1] Are you sure temproot was made using /usr/src7 and not /usr/src?

I'm pretty sure this is the culprit. The only thing different that I did, was using a cross-partition install (so that machine can boot -stable and -current) and the major diff with that is, that you get a virgin /etc/.

Another minor diff is that you're recommended to recompile after booting into -current, however, I still have the auth log from the first boot and did not find any messages similar to yours, which I should have if it's a problem in -current.

If you suspect the mergemaster problem:
mv /usr/src /usr/src6
ln -s /usr/src7 /usr/src

Thanks for the tip. I'll give it a go.



Rolf Nielsen
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