A user account is a technique for connecting a user and an information service or computer network. A user account is comprised of a username, password and any information related to the user.
Locking a users’ password:
– You can check the status of a user’s account with passwd –S username. To lock the password, use the command passwd –l username
You can also use grep username /etc/shadow to check the status of a user accounts password.
The presence of the exclamation mark (!) as shown above means the password is locked. To unlock the password, use usermod –U username
Expire an account.
– The above methods for locking a password or a user account will still allow a user to access his account by SSH authentication or other PAM modules even if the account is locked. To completely disable a users account, use the chage command.
chage –E0 username
– This will prevent every access to the account
Setting an account expiration date
– You can use the chage command to set an account to expire at a particular date. The format will be chage –E “year-mm-dd” username. The date within the quotation mark represents the expiry date.
you can now check the new account settings by using chage –l username
Kill a users session:
– You use can use the kill command to ‘kill’ a particular process after identifying the process i.d. As always, when running such a command, you have to be absolutely certain that is the process you want. To effectively kill a user’s session, you will need the tty and pid component. To do this, you can use the who command or just w
After getting the tty, use it to get the matching pid component with the command ps –ft tty as shown below
Now, you can kill the session using the pid. The command to use; kill PID
For example; kill 2757 or you can forcefully kill the process by using kill -9 2757
I hope you found this blog post helpful. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comment session.