[Samba] Samba 2.2.5 Security Bug?

Gerald Carter jerry at samba.org
Wed Oct 9 16:12:01 GMT 2002

On Tue, 8 Oct 2002 imed at gmx.ch wrote:

> > No password is different from the password "" (an empty password).
> > "" is actually hashed as an empty string and is a valid password,
> > NO PASSWORD is  treated differently.
> That not very consistent! With SWAT it's not possible for the user user
> to set an empty password, this is Unix like.

UNIX does not prevent you from setting an empty password.
Maybe you PAM stack does.

> No password is just allowed for root, that's ok, because it's under
> root's control. An empty password is possible for all user and this
> really bad, because you don't have any control on the user passwords,
> even not in the smb.conf file!

Try using pam_smbpass.so and the pam_crack.so library for controlling
password strength.  

> Is there any cogent reason, why should "" (an empty password) now be a
> valid password?

Samba just gives you the bullet.  If you shoot yourself in the foot,
we can't stop that....  If you want, modify smbpasswd so that 

	if ( !lp_null_passwords() && !strlen(new_passwd) )

As of this moment, we are not planning on changing the current 

cheers, jerry

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