pam_thinkfinger - PAM module for fingerprint authentication through
ThinkFinger is a driver for the UPEK/SGS Thomson Microelectronics
fingerprint reader (USB ID 0483:2016). The device is being found
either as a standalone USB device, built into USB keyboards or built
into laptops (mostly Dell, IBM/Lenovo and Toshiba).
pam_thinkfinger is the PAM module responsible for fingerprint
authentication through libthinkfinger. The module does only trigger
for users which have deposited their fingerprint in the
debug Turns on debugging via syslog(3)
In order to use the the PAM module pam_thinkfinger, your Linux kernel
has to be compiled with uinput support (CONFIG_INPUT_UINPUT). The
location of the uinput interface depends on your distribution. To
ensure that your system is properly set up, one of the following
interfaces has to exist:
If the interface is not there, run:
$ modprobe uinput
Ask the maintainers of your distribution to automatically load the
The default folder where the fingerprint for login users are
The default folder for PAM modules
Add the following line to /etc/pam.d/common-auth:
sufficient auth pam_thinkfinger.so
To enable debugging support via syslog(3), add the following line to
sufficient auth pam_thinkfinger.so debug
Please report bugs to <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
ThinkFinger was written by Timo Hoenig <email@example.com> and Pavel
Machek <firstname.lastname@example.org> and is licensed under the terms of the GNU
General Public License (GPL).
This manual page was written by Luca Capello <email@example.com>. Additions
by Jose Plans. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify
this document under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).
Feb 27, 2007