[Samba] Unix side authentication

Richter, Gary Gary_Richter at nfuel.com
Mon May 6 16:20:03 GMT 2002

The smbpasswd file is used when encrypt passwords = yes is used. AFAIK, if
you want to authenticate against /etc/passwd, you need to use plain text
passwords. A registry hack will be needed on your Windows clients. A google
search will clear up the details on that.

-----Original Message-----
From: Daniel Pasono [mailto:danielp at nmmcc.com]
Sent: Monday, May 06, 2002 4:05 PM
To: Samba Mailing List
Subject: [Samba] Unix side authentication

Hello all.

I'm a little confused. I'm trying to understand how Samba authenticates
a user on the Unix side when security=user.
The help page says that if my user names are the same on Unix and MS
(and they are) , then I probably want to use security=user. I ASSUMED
that this meant that Samba would check the /etc/password file to
authenticate on the Unix side, but the error log shows that it is
checking /var/samba/private/smbpasswd. Is there a way to have Samba
check the Unix OS's password file? (we are using NIS so that may
complicate things a bit). I would rather drive the passwords from the
Unix side rather than the MS side, so I'd rather not use the password
sync option.

Thanks everyone.

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