Samba and PAM

Eric Reischer emr at
Fri Mar 30 05:49:28 GMT 2001

Actually, I'm probably trying to get from Philadelphia to New York via 
China here, because my end means is to be able to get samba to pass 
authentication requests to a kerberos4 server.  I found a PAM module for 
kerberos, but I just noticed that 2.2 has support for kerberos.  I'm a 
little fuzzy on one thing though....I'm confused as to what the 
"base-directory" is.  I read the definition in the Configuring Samba 
Chapter 2, but I still don't know what it's looking for in that 
directory.  Libraries, binaries, configuration files.......there's a 
separate folder for each of the above.

Thanks again in advance,

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?
>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,
> >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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