Linux

Authentication caching with nscd

This week's TechMail tip is Authentication caching with nscd which talks about how to keep authentication credentials cached for disconnected operations (i.e. if you auth against an LDAP server and it goes down or you take your laptop home).

It's missing some bits tho, which the first comment noted. It doesn't discuss PAM at all, which would be required for the actual authentication as all it does is essentially provide a cache of passwd/group, ...

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Linux

How I hate thee LDAP authentication...

I find LDAP for authentication highly irritating. It's better than some alternatives, like NIS (haven't looked at NIS+ so I don't know how it measures up), but man oh man, it's a real nuisance sometimes.

I wrote that LDAP Authentication piece when there was essentially nothing else and it took a long time to figure out all the bits. Now it seems like LDAP for authentication is all the rage.. everyone uses or wants ...

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