Samba and PAM

Eric Reischer emr at
Fri Mar 30 05:40:51 GMT 2001

At 12:22 AM 3/30/01 , Richard Sharpe wrote:
>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?

Yes.  But if it were checking PAM for authentication, then it would say 
something in the debugging screen, wouldn't it?

>Does it have the correct entries in it?
>If not, then you will get denied ...

It should.  I copied them from another service.  (Actually, the file was 
already there from the Debian install, but I changed the entries to use the 
PAM modules I wanted to).  I'm wondering if it should be called smbd rather 
than samba, since that is the binary that is making the call......

> >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,
> >Matt
> >
>Richard Sharpe, sharpe at
>Samba (Team member,, Ethereal (Team member,
>Contributing author, SAMS Teach Yourself Samba in 24 Hours
>Author, Special Edition, Using Samba

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