to interface Java to the PAM system in an IBM developerWorks
"If you are a security developer and need to interface a Java application with the local operating system user registry, what do you do? This article gives you the answer: UNIX/Linux PAM (Pluggable Authentication Module)-compatible systems that use authentication based on the GNU MD5 extensions to the crypt() system call. I'll describe these extensions and show you a Java implementation of MD5 crypt (using FreeBSD as my UNIX).
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