GSoC project

Andrew Bartlett abartlet at
Thu Mar 29 17:17:25 MDT 2012

On Thu, 2012-03-29 at 10:31 -0700, Matthieu Patou wrote:
> Hello Stefan,
> On 03/28/2012 10:25 AM, Razvan Florea wrote:
> > Dear Sir / Madam,
> >
> > My name is Florea Stefan - Razvan and i am studying Computer Science at
> > Polytechnic University of Bucharest. Looking through the projects proposed
> > by the accepted organizations at GSOC 2012, the projects ideas of your
> > organization caught my attention.
> > Especially, I am interested in one of them: Implement login / logout
> > related counter update.
> > I think that I am suitable for this project because of my experience with
> > C/C++ programming language. I worked in school and personal projects in
> > C/C++ which consolidated my knowledge in working with it.
> > I want to ask you about the steps I have to cover before I send my
> > application.
> So this paragraph 
> ( 
> makes a high level description of what this project is about.
> If you are interested in this project I think the initial steps are:
> * Compile and install Samba4 as a domain controller
> * Join a Windows workstation/server to the domain if you don't have a 
> windows version you can always download a trial version of windows (cf. 
> of windows 
> server 2008R2
> * See how attribute related to a user account evolve when you log in/log 
> out, change your password, modify his name, his rights ...
> Then you can start listing attributes that you think are related to 
> login/logout counters.
> At that moment you might already find the need to contact us more 
> closely so don't hesitate to join the #samba-technical channel on server 
> freenode of IRC ( (there is a web client here: 
> my nick is ekacnet, kai blin is 'kai' or 
> 'kblin' and Andrew Bartlett is abartlett.
> Some people seems to be present 24 hours a day it's just because they 
> don't close their IRC program or use a proxy (me for instance) so don't 
> be surprise if we don't answer right away.
> For info Kai is sitting in the UTC+2 timezone, Andrew is UTC+11, and for 
> me it's UTC-7.
> Next logical step is to setup a Windows 2008R2 domain controller and 
> join another windows client (you can for instance use the beta of 
> windows 8) and compare what is changing.
> At that moment you should have enough information for your GSOC 
> application (especially if you asked questions).
> For applications we expect something concrete like a plan for this 
> project. Such plan should include what you plan to do to get a 
> comprehensive list of calls/event that trigger login counter related 
> change, a comprehensive list of counters related to login, your plan for 
> the implementation (testing included).

The WSPP docs will also help:

Particularly important will be issues around replication (or not) of
these attributes, particularly after a series of bad passwords.

Andrew Bartlett

Andrew Bartlett                      
Authentication Developer, Samba Team 

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