Configuring the /etc/pam.d/system-auth file for Linux

After you’ve installed both the RSA SecurID and Centrify agents on a Linux computer, you’ll also need to insert a line in the /etc/pam.d/system.auth file. This change will make it so that the system prompts users for their SecurID token.

Just so that you know, this file will already have some lines at the top that were inserted by the authentication service.

To configure the Linux system authentication file so that users are prompted for the RSA token:

  • Add the following line to the beginning of the /etc/pam.d/system.auth file:

    auth  required  pam_securid.so

    You should restart any services that you plan to use with RSA. For example, if you’re using SSH, you should restart the SSH service.