Kerberos impersonation and delegation in Samba

Krishna Ganugapati krishnag at
Sat Nov 12 00:41:51 GMT 2005

I'm investigating three problems. They are all around winbind and not the smb daemon or nmbd.

1) When an AD join is performed - the machine (say it is SAMBA$) stores its machine password in secrets.tdb and also generates the kerberos keytab information. Thus any Samba machine process that is running as root is also the kerberos principal - SAMBA$.ADDOMAIN.COM

2) These processes can receive a  session ticket from a client machine and determine the identity of the machine. My kerberos knowledge is rusty but if the ticket is PROXIABLE that implies the  service can use that ticket on behalf of the calling client to request a session ticket to third server as that particular client. The service is considered to have delegation privileges.

Question is this supported in today's Samba enabled processes - (presumably this is just smbd - can smbd do the equivalent of impersonating a client and call an RPC request  - that underneath the covers calls the kdc receives a session ticket to a third server and make a call to the third server? The impersonate client is presumably done as a setuid and setgid (change the effective gid and uid) in the process. Will pam-winbind recognize this - do the mapping of the uid and gid to the client kerberos session ticket and use that for the next set of calls and  will the underlying dce-rpc mechanism make use of this change in uid,gid

3) Can other processes access the keytab for SAMBA$ and do the same thing as 2). For example if Apache is running as root can Apache processes support delegated credentials?

4) How do you run a daemon process under the identity of a AD principal? At some point, the password of the service principal needs to be provided and stored to generate the daemon's TGT

Best regards,


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