Package: pam Maintainer: Luke Howard <email@example.com> Vendor: Linux-PAM Version: 0.72 URL: http://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/libs/pam/pre/library/ Build-Depends: build-base Description: Pluggable Authentication Modules library PAM is a system of libraries that handle the authentication tasks of applications (services) on the system. The library provides a general interface that privilege granting programs (such as login and su) defer to to perform standard authentication tasks. . The principal feature of the PAM approach is that the nature of the authentication is dynamically configurable. In other words, the system administrator is free to choose how individual service-providing applications will authenticate users.