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Re: [seul-edu] youngsters logging in
On Fri, 11 May 2001, Jim Thomas wrote:
> Harry McGregor wrote:
> > Ok, sorry I am getting into this thread late...
> No need to apologize. All input is welcome.
> > Now here is the big thing: No passwords. We set our PAM config to permit
> > null passwords for local GDM login, but not for SSH, (or if it was their,
> > telnet), or even text console login.
> This just won't work in my situation since mine is a K12 school.
OK, so you do have issues with the olderstudents finding the younger
student's names, etc.
> I have
> decided to go with KDE2 so that usernames can be entered via a mouse
> click, and use weak passwords for the younger crowd.
KDM and KDM both support the face browser.
> Their accounts
> will be locked by default. I will put together an app that the teacher
> can run to unlock the accounts for one class. They will automatically
> relock after five minutes.
I presume you will have an account for each student, etc, not just a
system wide account. This setup might work, if the teachers are
cooperative. For the younger students, I would probably go with null
passwords since you are locking the accounts login abilities. If a
password is set, you could make it so that the login abilities are
available without the program controling them, etc.
> At first I was thinking it'd be a bash script run as root, but now I'm
> leaning towards an suid C program so the teacher doesn't have to log in
> as root.
Nick, any suggestions here?
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