Samba and PAM

Richard Sharpe sharpe at
Fri Mar 30 05:22:25 GMT 2001

At 03:23 PM 3/30/01 +0930, Matthew Geddes wrote:
>Eric Reischer wrote:
>> I've been trying to get samba to authenticate against PAM for a couple days
>> now, but unfortunately have not been successful.  I am using the 2.2alpha3
>> version (freshly compiled) on a Debian Linux 2.2 machine.  I specified
>> --with-pam at configure time, but when I try to connect to a shared
>> service, I get invalid password.  It checks (in order):

Hmmm, do you have a file in /etc/pam.d called samba?

Does it have the correct entries in it?

If not, then you will get denied ...

>I believe Samba only uses PAM for the Unix account side of things (ie,
>not authentication, but permissions and RID mapping). Unless you have
>configured Samba and all of your Windows machines to not encrypt
>passwords. All of this is explained in detail in a text file in the
>Samba documentation, I believe.
>Hope it helps,

Richard Sharpe, sharpe at
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