To SAMBA-Team: username map + smbpasswd

Anthony Mendoza Anthony.Mendoza at
Mon Jul 26 18:34:41 GMT 1999

I believe it currently does work like you want it to.

I don't have a user named administrator on my server, but I do have


in my username map file.  This allows me to log into my NT workstation as
Administrator, and access files on the samba server as root.
-----Original Message-----
From: Oleg Tipisov <ovt at>
To: Multiple recipients of list SAMBA-NTDOM <samba-ntdom at>
Date: Monday, July 26, 1999 6:34 AM
Subject: To SAMBA-Team: username map + smbpasswd

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>I have a suggestion to SAMBA team.
>Suppose "username map" is set up as the following:
>  etc_passwd_user = SAMBA_user
>Currently "username map" works differently in "security = server"
>(or "domain") and "security = user". In the first case SAMBA
>tries to verify password of the "SAMBA_user". In the second case --
>password of the "etc_passwd_user". The second one is weird,
>especially with "encrypt passwords = Yes".
>For instance, why should I add "Administrator" to /etc/passwd
>and how can I do this if my U*IX doesn't support usernames longer
>than 8 characters ? Instead I'd like to put "root = Administrator"
>into the "username map" file.
>I suggest to verify password of the "before-mapping-user"
>("SAMBA_user") in the smbd if "security = user" and "encrypt
>passwords = Yes" are set (or implement new parameter to give
>users flexibility to chose).
>And, of course, smbpasswd should understand "username map" so that
>one can do "smbpasswd -a SAMBA_user" even if there is no such
>user in /etc/passwd.

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