VFS Implementation and user authentication

David Lee T.D.Lee at durham.ac.uk
Fri Sep 8 17:49:13 GMT 2000

On Thu, 7 Sep 2000, Brad Sahr wrote:

> I think it would be *fantastic* to see --with-vfs in the next release of
> Samba.
> While there's been some discussion about releasing VFS as a feature, my hope
> was to address the issue of authentication and the VFS. David Collier-Brown
> mentioned that Sun and Linux don't have authentication in their VFS. Tim
> Potter thought that Samba could utilize a generic authorisation
> interface.
> I like the idea of the generic authorisation interface. When might something
> along these lines be developed? I'm assuming there are no plans for this at
> the current time.

Just a quick reminder for anyone who might be contemplating this.

So far as is reasonably possible, remember to try to keep such work
compatible with, and able to use, PAM (Pluggable Authentication Modules) 
for those systems that have it (e.g. Linux, Solaris, ...).

(And I have a sneaky, gut feeling that the PAM/Samba interface is an area
that we may wish to use at our own site in a few months' time...  it would
be nice if someone (else!) had already made it fully functional by then.)

Best wishes.


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