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what files do I find this security information in unix(s)

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following on each of the Unix (AIX, Solaris, Linux) servers

1)      Accounts are locked (requiring the user to reauthenticate) after idle time of 75 minutes or less
2)      Accounts are locked out (disabled) after a maximum of 15 invalid logon attempts
3)      When accounts are locked out due to exceeding the maximum invalid login attempts, the accounts remain disabled for a minimum of 130 minutes or until unlocked by someone with appropriate authority
4)      Passwords must be changed every 180 days
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by:TIMFOX123
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Oh, redhat linux of course.
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by:balasundaram_s
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1.        export TMOUT=4500 ( you can set it in the /etc/profile )
2 & 3.  vi /etc/pam.d/system-auth --> modify the line
             auth        required      pam_tally.so onerr=fail deny=15 unlock_time=7800
4.        chage -M 180 username  ( password will be valid for 180 days )
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by:TIMFOX123
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B:

good job but I do not want to set it, I want to find the information.

You did too good of a job.  

Cat  filename | grep 'xxx'  usually gives what I need.  I need file names and field names :)



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1.  Not possible with standard system configurations. (btw, I assume you mean 75 mins or more)

2. Can't remember the location on AIX, probably under /etc/security
In Solaris 10 and above, it's in /etc/default/login (going from memory here)

3.  Not possible to have a time set on AIX and Solaris systems.

4.  Can't remember the AIX command.  You'll find an option under smit.
On Solaris, do:

passwd -x 180 user
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by:Tintin
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Most of the info you require is in /etc/shadow on Solaris/Linux systems.

On AIX the equivalent are the files under /etc/security
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by:balasundaram_s
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File names and Field names on AIX,

1.  /etc/profile  -  TMOUT
2.  /etc/security/lastlog - unsuccessful_login_count
3. /etc/security/login.cfg  -  logininterval ( the port will be locked for this seconds, not the user id)
4. /etc/security/user  -   maxage
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by:TIMFOX123
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thank you so much.
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