PAM, Encrypted passwords and samba

Adam Williams awilliam at
Fri Nov 24 22:29:09 GMT 2000

>I've been busy with building support for MySQL in samba, but why 
>isn't it possible to use samba, encrypted passwords and PAM? I 
>know PAM doesn't return an encrypted password, but can't we 
>encrypt the password we get from PAM ?

Because you don't get a password from PAM,  you pass a word to 
PAM and it return success or failure of the auth static with the
given word.

>It would solve many things if we could use these three easy 
>things together, since all PAM modules would become available 
>then(under Linux and Solaris).

There really isn't a problem.  There is a PAM module for smb 
that can be used against a samba server.  Samba can sync any
password changes to any data source you can dream up.

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