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version 1.6.0 on Apr 26th, 2013

Google PAM Module


This package implements a PAM module to authenticate users against a Google domain. The following features are provided:

  • Select any Google domain.
  • Allow only users from a certain group.
  • A script to install all Google users as system users.
  • Password caching using files or memcached.
  • Advanced logging setup.

The code was inspired by the python_pam.so examples and the TracGoogleAppsAuthPlugin trac authentication plugin.

Setting up Google PAM on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS using a PPA
  1. Add the CipherHealth PPA:

    # add-apt-repository ppa:cipherhealth/ppa
    # apt-get update
  2. Install the package

    # apt-get install cipher.googlepam
  3. Edit /etc/cipher-googlepam/pam_google.conf and specify your Google domain and admin credentials. You can also limit logins to members of one or more Google groups.

  4. Create system accounts for Google domain users by running

    # add-google-users
Configuring Google PAM on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS manually
  1. Install a few required packages:

    # apt-get install python-setuptools python-gdata python-bcrypt \
                      python-memcache libpam-python
  2. Now install cipher.googlepam using easy install:

    # easy_install cipher.googlepam
  3. Add all users to the system:

    # add-google-users -v -d <domain> -u <admin-user> -p <admin-pwd> \
                       -g <google-group> -a <system-admin-group>

    Note: Use the -h option to discover all options.

  4. Create a /etc/pam_google.conf configuration file:

    excludes = root [<user> ...]
    prompt = Google Password:
    cache = file|memcache
    file = /var/lib/pam_google/user-cache
    lifespan = 1800
    key-prefix = googlepam.
    host =
    port = 11211
    debug = false
    lifespan = 1800
    keys = root, pam
    handlers = file
    level = INFO
    qualname = cipher.googlepam.PAM
    handlers = file
    propagate = 0
    level = INFO
    keys = file
    class = logging.handlers.RotatingFileHandler
    args = ('/var/log/pam-google.log', 'a', 10*1024*1024, 5)
    formatter = simple
    keys = simple
    format = %(asctime)s %(levelname)s - %(message)s
    datefmt = %Y-%m-%dT%H:%M:%S
  5. Hide contents of the config file from the curious users:

    # chmod 600 /etc/pam_google.conf
  6. Put the Google PAM module in a sensible location:

    # ln -s /usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/cipher.googlepam-<version>-py2.7.egg/cipher/googlepam/pam_google.py /lib/security/pam_google.py
  7. Enable pam_google for all authentication. Add the following rule as the first rule in file /etc/pam.d/common-auth:

    auth    sufficient   pam_python.so /lib/security/pam_google.py -c /etc/pam_google.conf
Building a Debian package
  1. Install a few required packages:

    # apt-get install build-essential debhelper devscripts fakeroot quilt
  2. Download the latest cipher.googlepam tarball from PyPI (or build one with python setup.py sdist)

  3. Rename the tarball cipher.googlepam_VERSION.orig.tar.gz (note: underscore instead of the hyphen!), put it in the parent directory of the source tree (if you don't have a source tree, just untar the tarball).

  4. Go to the source tree, run dch -i, make sure the version number in the changelog matches the package version, make sure your name and email are correct, write a changelog entry itself (e.g. something like 'New upstream release'.)

  5. Run debuild. If everything's fine, you should get a deb file in the parent directory.

Install the deb with sudo dpkg -i cipher.googlepam...deb; sudo apt-get -f install. Then edit /etc/cipher-googlepam/pam_google.conf and run add-google-users. You don't need to manually edit PAM configuration if you use the .deb package.


1.6.0 (2013-04-16)
  • Extracted a reusable helper cipher.googlepam.pam_google.GoogleAuth that you can use to implement Google authentication in applications that do not use PAM.
1.5.1 (2012-10-11)
  • MemCache reliability fixes:

    • SECURITY FIX: do not use the same cache key for all users.

      Previously when one user logged in successfully, others could not log in using their own passwords -- but the first user could now use her password to log in as anyone else.

    • Do not store custom classes in memcached so we don't get unpickling errors caused by the special execution environment set up by pam_python.so. Previously the cached value was a subclass of tuple, now it's a plain tuple, so old caches will continue to work with the new code.

  • FileCache reliability fixes:

    • Avoid incorrect cache lookups (or invalidations) when a username is a proper prefix of some other username.
    • Avoid cache poisoning if usernames contain embedded '::' separators or newlines.
    • Avoid exceptions on a race condition if the cache file disappears after we check for its existence but before we open it for reading.
  • Add missing test file for multi-group support. It was accidentally left out of the last release causing a test failure.

  • Make add-google-users skip users that already exist without printing scary error messages that make it seem the script aborted early.

1.5.0 (2012-10-09)
  • Support multiple Google groups. The authenticating user has to be a member of any one of them for access to be allowed.
  • Added add-google-users new option --exclude to skip adding some users (e.g. the 'admin' user might clash with an existing 'admin' group, causing the script to fail).
  • Added add-google-users option --add-to-group as a more meaningful alias for the old --admin-group option.
  • Added add-google-users option --add-to-group-command for completeness.
1.4.0 (2012-10-08)
  • Set umask to avoid world-readable log and cache files.
  • Add a space after the PAM prompt.
  • The add-google-users script now reads the pam_google config file to get the domain, username, password and group. You can also use -C/--config-file to specify a different config file.
  • add-google-users does not break if you don't specify --admin-group.
  • Added Debian packaging.
1.3.0 (2012-04-24)
  • Added ability to cache authentication result, since some uses, such as Apache authentication can cause a lot of requests. File- and memcached-based caches have been implemented and are available/configurable in the configuration file.
  • Fully stubbed out the Google API for faster and simpler testing.
  • Removed all traces of Cipher's specific account details.
  • Changed all headers to ZPL.
  • The package is ready for public release.
1.2.0 (2012-04-17)
  • Do not fail if the username already exists.
1.1.0 (2012-04-17)
  • Make the admin group configurable.
1.0.0 (2012-04-17)
  • PAM module authenticating against users in a group of a particular Google domain.
  • Script to add all users of a group within a Google domain as system users.

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