RADIUS and user names

Matt Zagrabelny mzagrabe at d.umn.edu
Tue Dec 19 20:59:05 CET 2017

On Tue, Dec 19, 2017 at 1:51 PM, JCA <1.41421 at gmail.com> wrote:

> I have configured my Linux system so that access to it over SSH is
> authenticated by a remote RADIUS servers. This works fine, but the user
> must be defined locally, and it must have a home directory. In my efforts
> to dispense with these requirements, I used a combination of the NSS and
> PAM. This works, but it requires another server out there, be it NIS, or
> LDAP, or something like that.
Is it not possible to do what I need with a RADIUS server alone?

I don't believe so. That is why (as you mentioned) you've used NIS or LDAP.

There is a project called FreeIPA that might be of interest to you.


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