000020588 - AIX authentication has changed in RSA ACE/Server 5.1

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Article Number000020588
Applies ToIBM AIX
RSA ACE/Server 5.1 (no longer supported as of 7-14-2006)
AIX version 5.1 changes the authentication method for sdshell_auth
IssueAIX authentication has changed in RSA ACE/Server 5.1
AIX users fail to logon using sdshell_auth
ResolutionFor AIX 5L v5.1 Agent Hosts:

1. In the ACEPROG directory, create a shell script containing the following lines:

installation path/sdshell_auth $*
exit $?

where installation path is the full path to the ACEPROG directory.

2. Set the permissions and ownership of the file to the following:

        ---s--x--x root

3. As root, edit /usr/lib/security/methods.cfg. Add

program = ACEPROG/<shell script name>

where <shell script name> is the name of the shell script you created in step 1.

4. If you prefer to perform the configurations using smit, go to step 5. Otherwise, to perform the configurations manually:

As root, edit /etc/security/user.

To set as the default, under Default, change the system and auth1 lines to:

auth1 = securid

To set for individual users, under each user?s login name, add the following:

auth1 = securid

5. To perform the configurations using smit:

Select Security and Users.
Select Users.
Select Change/Show Characteristics of a user.
Specify the user's name.

Change the login authentication grammar line to:


Change the primary authentication method line to:

        PRIMARY authentication method securid
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