Prevent eCryptfs from asking for passphrase

For historical reasons I have been using eCryptfs, a file system layer for encrypted files. It got removed from Debian Buster, but I’m still using it.

For transparent usage it installs its own PAM module: When you log in your password can be used to automatically decrypt your files. You can also use a different passphrase to improve security even more.

But this shows an annoying behavior, as you also get asked for that additional passphrase when you use sudo or other tools.

I (temporarily) fixed this by changing my /etc/pam.d/common-auth to use pam_succeed_if like this:

auth    [default=1 success=ignore] service notin sudo:polkit-1
auth    optional unwrap

This skips the call to pam_ecryptfs if the service is either sudo or PolicyKit-1, which is used by the update service.

Written on August 27, 2020