What should go in password-auth vs system-auth in RHEL6 and RHEL 7 ?

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Issue

  • What should go in password-auth vs system-auth in RHEL6 and RHEL 7 ?
  • Changes made to /etc/pam.d/system-auth not honored for network services.
  • In RHEL5 we would configure it in /etc/pam.d/system-auth. However it seems that the way to go in RHEL6 is to add entry in /etc/pam.d/sshd. I got it working using the latter but I just wanted to make sure we ate using the vendor-recommended (best practice) settings.

Environment

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7

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