Changing password remotely.

Ana Maria Escalante aescalan at
Mon Apr 26 06:55:45 GMT 1999

Hi Eduardo:
     I am not sure if I understood your question, but absolutely there is
another way for changing the samba password remotely. From a Windows 95
client you can change your samba password from the Control Panel -->
Passwords --> Change other Passwords option. The problem I have with this
is that if I syncronize my linux and samba passwords (in smb.conf), as
linux restricts more the passwords than samba, if the user chooses a
trivial password, samba takes the new password, but linux refuses the
     By the way, I think that the sincronization is not mandatory. You
must have the users in both files, but the passwords do not need to be the

On Sat, 24 Apr 1999, Eduardo F. Chao wrote:

> Hi, this is my first question in this lists so I apologize if it is
> obvious but I've read the related documentation and I still have doubts.
> In Encryption.txt it is suggested to allow the users change their
> passwords with smbpasswd putting null passwords=yes in  the smb.conf
> file. Is it true that the superuser in the SAMBA host will need to
> sincronize the /etc/passwd file with the /etc/smbpasswd file changing
> the UNIX user account's password according to the new smbpassword? I
> think it's true. So, I don't see the usefulness in letting these remote
> password changes unless the users can remotely change their UNIX
> password too (eg with telnet).
> Is there any other means for changing the passwords remotely?
> I have SAMBA 2.0.2-19990209 on Linux 2.0.36 on a Pentium II with 128 MB
> RAM.
> Thanks,
> Eduardo F. Chao
> Gerente de Sistemas
> Soteica S.R.L.
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