Pluggable authentication module

(PAM) The new industry standard integrated login framework. PAM is used by system entry components, such as the Common Desktop Environment’s dtlogin, to authenticate users logging into a Unix system. It provides pluggability for a variety of system-entry services. PAM’s ability to stack authentication modules can be used to integrate login with different authentication mechanisms such as RSA, DCE and Kerberos, and thus unify login mechanisms. PAM can also integrate smart card authentication.
White paper (
[OSF-RFC 86.0 V. Samar, R. Schemers, “Unified Login with Pluggable Authentication Modules (PAM)”, Oct 1995].


Read Also:

  • Plug gauge

    noun 1. (engineering) an accurately machined plug used for checking the diameter of a hole Compare ring gauge

  • Plugged-in

    [pluhgd-in] /ˈplʌgdˈɪn/ adjective, Informal. 1. closely connected; in touch with what is going on; informed; involved: He’s one of the more plugged-in advisers at State House. adjective 1. (slang) up-to-date; abreast of the times

  • Plugged nickel

    Related Terms not worth a plugged nickel

  • Plugger

    [pluhg-er] /ˈplʌg ər/ noun 1. a person or thing that . 2. any of various machines or tools that insert, remove, or manipulate or pluglike materials, as a dental instrument used to pack and mold the filling in a tooth cavity. n. 1867, agent noun from plug (v.). plugger plug·ger (plŭg’ər) n. A dental instrument […]

Disclaimer: Pluggable authentication module definition / meaning should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional. All content on this website is for informational purposes only.