Regarding retrieving user group membership using wbinfo.

Richard Sharpe realrichardsharpe at
Thu Jun 5 07:43:59 MDT 2014

On Thu, Jun 5, 2014 at 3:41 AM, Hemanth Thummala
<hemanth.thummala at> wrote:
> Hi,
> We are experiencing a strange problem with one of our customer setups
> relating to user group memberships. Customer has multi-site AD setup in
> which our boxes are deployed in multiple sites.
> In one particular site, we are seeing a difference in group membership
> details with a user(wbinfo -r <user>). Able to retrieve only few groups
> than expected. Whereas other sites we are able to get the correct results.

A vital piece of info is that this is Samba 3.6.12+ you are talking
about. The same problem might not exist in the latest sources.

> Initially we thought its AD replication problem, but even after
> forcing(blocked the traffic with site-local DC) our boxes to contact PDC
> did not help.
> Then I have removed the cache entries for this user from both
> winbindd_cache.tdb and netsamlogon_cache.tdb. Then it started showing the
> correct entries. But after 5 to 6 hours this problem reappears. After
> cleaning up cache entries in both tdb files, problem will go away.
> From the code walk-through and debug level logs this is what I understood.
> 1. Winbindd receives request GETGROUPS from the client.
> 2. Initially it will lookup winbindd_cache.tdb and see if there is a
> "UG/sid" entry for the user. it will return the information in cache if
> entry is not expired (I think expiry time is 5 mins).
> 3. If the entry in winbindd_cache.tdb is expired, then lookup_usergroups()
> request will be made.
> 4. Before contacting the DC to fetch the groups, will search for the user
> SID in netsamlogon_cache.tdb. If the entry is found, that information will
> be returned.
> 5. If the entry is not found in netsamlogon_cache.tdb, then DCE-RPC request
> will be made using cached kerberos credentials.
> I came to know that there is no expiry time for the cached entries in
> netsamlogon_cache.tdb. I have seen the expiry time calculation is commented
> out in netsamlogon_cache_get().
> But I am not really sure why the cache entry in netsamlogon_cache.tdb() is
> updated with wrong data due to which the problem is reappearing.
> Can some one validate my understanding and throw some light on what could
> be the root cause for this problem.
> Thanks,
> Hemanth.

Richard Sharpe

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