Control physical access to a linux computer by locking all of its virtual terminals.
physlock only allows the user of the active session (the user logged in on the foreground virtual terminal) and the root user to unlock the computer and uses PAM for authentication.
physlock uses 3 mechanisms to detect the user of the active session:
- Querying systemd-logind(1) if not compiled with
- Searching the utmp file for an entry whose
ut_linefield is the base name of the active tty device file
- Using the owner of the active tty device file typically set by login(1)
physlock is build using the commands:
$ make # make install
Please note, that the latter one requires root privileges.
By default, physlock is installed using the prefix
/usr/local, so the full
path of the executable will be
You can install it into a directory of your choice by overwriting the
macro in the second command:
# make PREFIX="/your/dir" install
Please also note, that the physlock executable will have root ownership and the setuid bit set.
All build-time specific settings are set in the file
config.h. Please check
and change them, so that they fit your needs. If the file
config.h does not
already exist, then you have to create it with the following command:
$ make config.h
You also have to make sure that physlock works with your PAM configuration. If
you have a restrictive PAM fallback config file
/etc/pam.d/other, then you
need to create a suitable PAM config file for physlock named
/etc/pam.d/physlock. The sample
physlock.pam should work for most users.
The behaviour of physlock is completely controlled via command-line arguments, it does not rely on environment variables. physlock uses the utmp file to identify the owner of the current session (i.e. active tty) and prompts for her password to unlock the computer.
The following command-line arguments are supported:
-d fork and detach, parent returns after everything is set up (useful for suspend/hibernate scripts) -h print short usage help and exit -l only lock console switching -L only enable console switching -m mute kernel messages on console while physlock is running -p MSG Display MSG before the password prompt -s disable sysrq key while physlock is running -v print version information and exit