strange message in log file and files automaticaly closed

Andreas Moroder andreas.moroder at
Thu Nov 22 22:28:31 GMT 2001

Hello Andrew,

does windows upper case only with plaintext passwords ?
( reading man smb.conf it seems so ).

At the moment we knwo all the users have ( or should at last ) all lower case 
password. Is there a way to force smbd to try with lowercase first ? I know 
that password level=0 will try this a second, but the first try will fail, and 
it seems that the authentication problem is the source for the other trouble I 
told you we have.

Thank you very much


Zitiere Andrew Bartlett <abartlet at>:

> Andreas Moroder wrote:
> > 
> > Hello Andrew,
> > 
> > I have a second question.
> > You wrote
> > 
> > > OK, now try again with your password in UPPER CASE.   Windows does
> > > this...
> > 
> > What do you mean with Windows does this. Does Windows change the case
> ?
> > How does it and why is this no problem while using passwd instead of
> pam `?
> > 
> > Thanks
> > Andreas
> The braindead code in the Win9X client will UPPER CASE the password
> prior to sending it.
> As to the passwd vs PAM issue, we have the same problem with both
> (needing to run the password via our password cracker) but becouse our
> code for reading /etc/passwd (or /etc/shadow) is entirly within smbd,
> we
> get to control the error messages.  In the PAM case, it is deemed
> important to report all the failures - but we could quieten it up a bit
> if we needed to.  (You will get similar messages in /var/log/messages).
> Andrew Bartlett
> -- 
> Andrew Bartlett                                 abartlet at
> Manager, Authentication Subsystems, Samba Team  abartlet at
> Student Network Administrator, Hawker College   abartlet at

Dr. Andreas Moroder
Sanitätsbetrieb Brixen - Azienda Sanitaria di Bressanone

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