Pluggable Authentication Module
<security> (PAM) The new industry standard integrated login framework.
PAM is used by system entry components, such as the Common Desktop Environment's
dtlogin, to authenticate users logging into a Unix system. It provides
pluggability for a variety of system-entry services. PAM's ability to stack
authentication modules can be used to integrate login with different
authentication mechanisms such as RSA, DCE and Kerberos, and thus unify login
mechanisms. PAM can also integrate smart card authentication.
[OSF-RFC 86.0 V. Samar, R. Schemers, "Unified Login with Pluggable
Authentication Modules (PAM)", Oct 1995].
plug and play « plug and pray « Plug Compatible
Manufacturer « Pluggable Authentication Module
» plugh » plug-in » PLUM