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# (c) 2007 Chris AtLee <>
# Licensed under the MIT license:
PAM module for python

Provides an authenticate function that will allow the caller to authenticate
a user against the Pluggable Authentication Modules (PAM) on the system.

Implemented using ctypes, so no compilation is necessary.
__all__ = ['authenticate']

from ctypes import CDLL, POINTER, Structure, CFUNCTYPE, cast, pointer, sizeof
from ctypes import c_void_p, c_uint, c_char_p, c_char, c_int
from ctypes.util import find_library

LIBPAM = CDLL(find_library("pam"))
LIBC = CDLL(find_library("c"))

CALLOC = LIBC.calloc
CALLOC.restype = c_void_p
CALLOC.argtypes = [c_uint, c_uint]

STRDUP = LIBC.strdup
STRDUP.argstypes = [c_char_p]
STRDUP.restype = POINTER(c_char) # NOT c_char_p !!!!

# Various constants

class PamHandle(Structure):
    """wrapper class for pam_handle_t"""
    _fields_ = [
            ("handle", c_void_p)

    def __init__(self):
        self.handle = 0

class PamMessage(Structure):
    """wrapper class for pam_message structure"""
    _fields_ = [
            ("msg_style", c_int),
            ("msg", c_char_p),

    def __repr__(self):
        return "<PamMessage %i '%s'>" % (self.msg_style, self.msg)

class PamResponse(Structure):
    """wrapper class for pam_response structure"""
    _fields_ = [
            ("resp", c_char_p),
            ("resp_retcode", c_int),

    def __repr__(self):
        return "<PamResponse %i '%s'>" % (self.resp_retcode, self.resp)

        c_int, POINTER(POINTER(PamMessage)),
               POINTER(POINTER(PamResponse)), c_void_p)

class PamConv(Structure):
    """wrapper class for pam_conv structure"""
    _fields_ = [
            ("conv", CONV_FUNC),
            ("appdata_ptr", c_void_p)

PAM_START = LIBPAM.pam_start
PAM_START.restype = c_int
PAM_START.argtypes = [c_char_p, c_char_p, POINTER(PamConv),

PAM_AUTHENTICATE = LIBPAM.pam_authenticate
PAM_AUTHENTICATE.restype = c_int
PAM_AUTHENTICATE.argtypes = [PamHandle, c_int]

def authenticate(username, password, service='login'):
    """Returns True if the given username and password authenticate for the
    given service.  Returns False otherwise

    ``username``: the username to authenticate

    ``password``: the password in plain text

    ``service``: the PAM service to authenticate against.
                 Defaults to 'login'"""
    def my_conv(n_messages, messages, p_response, app_data):
        """Simple conversation function that responds to any
        prompt where the echo is off with the supplied password"""
        # Create an array of n_messages response objects
        addr = CALLOC(n_messages, sizeof(PamResponse))
        p_response[0] = cast(addr, POINTER(PamResponse))
        for i in range(n_messages):
            if messages[i].contents.msg_style == PAM_PROMPT_ECHO_OFF:
                pw_copy = STRDUP(str(password))
                p_response.contents[i].resp = cast(pw_copy, c_char_p)
                p_response.contents[i].resp_retcode = 0
        return 0

    handle = PamHandle()
    conv = PamConv(my_conv, 0)
    retval = PAM_START(service, username, pointer(conv), pointer(handle))

    if retval != 0:
        # TODO: This is not an authentication error, something
        # has gone wrong starting up PAM
        return False

    retval = PAM_AUTHENTICATE(handle, 0)
    return retval == 0

if __name__ == "__main__":
    import getpass
    print authenticate(getpass.getuser(), getpass.getpass())