Quan Dinh

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In an environment with more than a few Linux servers, managing users, groups, and other information securely across those systems is critical. Pluggable Authentication Modules (PAM) and the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) give administrators a way to accomplish this without having to distribute flat files or rely on RPC services, such as the insecure Network Information Service (NIS). LDAP is a very mature protocol supported by everyone from Microsoft to IBM and Oracle. And reference implementations, such as OpenLDAP, have been available since the mid-'90s. PAM bridges the gap between traditional Unix and Linux login functionality and LDAP-enabled directory servers without requiring that applications or services be recompiled or reconfigured. Aside from the obvious benefit of centralized storage and secure access, using LDAP has other key benefits depen... (more)