Status of Kerberos Support across Samba versions
cyoung at idealcorp.com
Mon Apr 10 17:49:17 GMT 2000
Ok, I've been reading through several of the Samba lists and have found enough
information on this to just confuse me furthur. I'm attempting to get a strong
understanding of the status of Kerberos 5 support in the current development
versions of Samba.
Basically, I would like to standardize our network's authentication structure
and right now, Kerberos seems to serve this purpose best. I understand that
Samba has compilation option to enable Kerberos support, however I don't quite
understand how this comes into play. I've been looking through the code
(althought my programming skills leave alot to be desired) and everything is
still not clean.
I would appreciate a good summary of where Kerberos support is currently and
where it might be heading so that I can plan everything accordingly.
The basic questions that I have regarding Samba and Kerberos are:
If Samba support Kerberos, does this mean that it actually support Kerberos
TICKETS or does it just merely take the encrypted (or, most likely _plain
text_) password and pass it on the the KDC for a yes or no?
If this IS the case, then what is the difference in this approach vs. using
Kerberos PAM modules and configuring Samba to use PAM for authentication?
Am I totally nuts and have this whole thing confused? I'm just trying to
understand what the keberos compile option get you. Also, I read discussions
regarding PAM support in Samba and I don't quite get how Samba utilizes this
for authentication. I would GREATLY appreciate someone in the know posting a
good explanation of Samba/Kerberos integration and the basics of how it works.
Christopher Young, Senior Systems Administrator
I.D.E.A.L. Technology Corporation
1109 East Concord Street
Orlando, Florida 32803
I.ntegration D.evelopment E.ducation A.ll L.inux
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