My work requires mutliple user systems to automatically lock out a user account after 3 login authentication failures. I am running 5.1 and I have not seen anything like this in PAM or login.conf (though the is the login-backoff option, but thats not exactly what I want).
Ugh. Explain what "denial of service" means by asking your boss what happens if and when an annoyed employee enters the boss'es username and locks him out?
It's reasonable to want to improve the security of reusable passwords, but that's the wrong approach. Your boss should consider biometrics or smart cards (SecurID)...
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