Dept of Computer Science

Technical Staff

Why do I sometimes get 2 requests for passwords when logging into Linux?

Last updated: August 1st, 2013 08:56 AM

That's the behavior of the PAM module under Linux. If your AFS password is incorrect, it then prompts you for your local password.

PAM is the Pluggable Authentication Module. It is supported on most of our architectures, such as Solaris and Linux. You can look at the The Linux PAM web page.