*Nix Security with Samba

MCCALL,DON (HP-USA,ex1) don_mccall at hp.com
Mon Sep 17 07:17:02 GMT 2001

No, Steve.
The smbpasswd is used when "security=user" and "encrypt passwords=yes" is
set in your 
smb.conf file, AND the client sends an encrypted password.  In this case,
the only thing
the /etc/passwd file is used for is the uid/gid and possibly the home dir
field for the 
[homes] section of your smb.conf.  
If a client who can NOT send encrypted passwords tries to connect, then
samba will
recognize that a plaintext password has been sent, and go directly to the
file to do authentication for that user.  So they don't have to match; only
one or the 
other will be used for a particular user comming in from a particular os. 

Hope that helps,

I have a question, and looking around the Docs, nothing comes out and just
says it.
Do the *Nix and smbpasswd passwords have to match?

Steve K

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