pam module / freeradius permissions

Arran Cudbard-Bell a.cudbardb at
Thu Mar 6 10:12:36 CET 2014

On 5 Mar 2014, at 21:09, msheiny at wrote:

> Hello,
> I'm running FreeRadius 2.2.0 and am looking for advice on resolving a
> permissions issue I am running into with a third-party pam module. 
> As far as freeradius goes, I have it configured how I would like -
> radius authentication is being checked against PAM as I intended. The problem
> is that this pam module I am running currently requires root permissions but I
> would prefer to keep radiusd running as a restricted user. I've
> confirmed I can get around the issue by specifying radiusd to run as
> root but this is not desired.
> So my question - what would be the best way to run the freeradius pam
> sub-routine as root but keep the rest of the freeradius system runnning
> as my restricted user? I'm trying to avoid editing source code if I can
> help it. I realize this is not strictly related to freeradius but
> figured there may be a freeradius setting I'm not familiar here.

I honestly have no idea what you're talking about... how would the user
FreeRADIUS is running as have any affect on the pam module?

Arran Cudbard-Bell <a.cudbardb at>
FreeRADIUS Development Team

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