I noticed that the line “pam_unix(cron:session): session opened for user root(uid=0) by (uid=0)” is getting spammed into /var/log/auth.log
I consider this unnecessary. We want to keep auth.log as clear as possible.
Solution to stop this :
Edit file /etc/pam.d/common-session-noninteractive and add this line to the top of the file.
session [success=1 default=ignore] pam_succeed_if.so service in cron quiet use_uid
and then simply restart cron service.
sudo service cron restart