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I am trying to play around with PAM.

To start with, i am working with pam_tally module.

I added following line at the top in common-auth file in /etc/pam.d/

auth required pam_tally.so deny=3

After that i logged out.

Now when i try to login, access is denied even though password i enter is correct.

I edit common-auth file again using root account to remove the above mentioned line and i am able to login again.

Not able to understand why i am denied login after editing common-auth file even if password i enter is correct.

Please help

  • I had a very similar problem, and haven't gotten any help. Did you ever figure it out? – betseyb May 13 '15 at 17:45
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I don't know why it happened, but I solved my similar issue by removing deny=3 and using sudo faillog -m 3 instead.

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