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       pam_tty_audit - Enable or disable TTY auditing for specified users

SYNOPSIS [disable=patterns] [enable=patterns]


       The pam_tty_audit PAM module is used to enable or disable TTY auditing. By default, the
       kernel does not audit input on any TTY.


           For each user matching patterns, disable TTY auditing. This overrides any previous
           enable option matching the same user name on the command line. See NOTES for further
           description of patterns.

           For each user matching patterns, enable TTY auditing. This overrides any previous
           disable option matching the same user name on the command line. See NOTES for further
           description of patterns.

           Set the TTY audit flag when opening the session, but do not restore it when closing
           the session. Using this option is necessary for some services that don't fork() to run
           the authenticated session, such as sudo.

           Log keystrokes when ECHO mode is off but ICANON mode is active. This is the mode in
           which the tty is placed during password entry. By default, passwords are not logged.
           This option may not be available on older kernels (3.9?).


       Only the session type is supported.


           Error reading or modifying the TTY audit flag. See the system log for more details.



       When TTY auditing is enabled, it is inherited by all processes started by that user. In
       particular, daemons restarted by a user will still have TTY auditing enabled, and audit
       TTY input even by other users unless auditing for these users is explicitly disabled.
       Therefore, it is recommended to use disable=* as the first option for most daemons using

       To view the data that was logged by the kernel to audit use the command aureport --tty.

       The patterns are comma separated lists of glob patterns or ranges of uids. A range is
       specified as min_uid:max_uid where one of these values can be empty. If min_uid is empty
       only user with the uid max_uid will be matched. If max_uid is empty users with the uid
       greater than or equal to min_uid will be matched.

       Please note that passwords in some circumstances may be logged by TTY auditing even if the
       log_passwd is not used. For example, all input to an ssh session will be logged - even if
       there is a password being typed into some software running at the remote host because only
       the local TTY state affects the local TTY auditing.


       Audit all administrative actions.

           session   required disable=* enable=root


       aureport(8), pam.conf(5), pam.d(5), pam(7)


       pam_tty_audit was written by Miloslav Trma─Ź <>. The log_passwd option was
       added by Richard Guy Briggs <>.