CentOS 6.3 and FreeRadius - can't authenticate to Unix

Jacobs, Joseph Joseph.Jacobs at adp.com
Tue Oct 30 18:19:34 CET 2012

Thank you for your help.

After a good nights sleep I re-read that section again.

Since there was no 'shadow' group in CentOS, I needed to run the program as  'root' in order for it to read the shadow passwords.

Once I did this, I pulled all the forced authentication as you suggested and it works great.

Thanks for the suggestion of where to read.


-----Original Message-----
From: John Dennis [mailto:jdennis at redhat.com] 
Sent: Monday, October 29, 2012 8:16 PM
To: FreeRadius users mailing list
Cc: Jacobs, Joseph
Subject: Re: CentOS 6.3 and FreeRadius - can't authenticate to Unix

Read the getting started how-to's found here:


Read the documentation in


paying attention to which module reads passwords out of /etc/shadow

Read the debug output, especially lines that begin with "WARNING!"

Do not force Auth-Type in the users file or anywhere else, it's wrong 99% of the time. There is no credible documentation which says to do this.

When asking for help follow the instructions by including the full debug output, not snippets.



John Dennis <jdennis at redhat.com>

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