[Samba] Why does simple smb.conf demand password?

Tom Dickson bombcar at bombcar.com
Wed Dec 24 05:36:12 GMT 2003

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The IPC$ share and (I think) the ADMIN$ share are used for communication
between windows clients. IPC = inter process communication. Samba sets
them up for you, as they are necessary with newer clients. Try a
smbclient on a windows box and you should see something similar.

The (Samba 2.2.8a etc) stuff comes from the default comment for the server.

comment = whatever you want

would change the comment. You can thing of the IPC service as the thing
you see directly under network neighborhood (names of PCs)

- -Tom

Larry Alkoff wrote:
| On further investigation using smbclient it appears that these are the
| shares listed.
|  Sharename      Type      Comment
| ---------      ----      -------
| data           Disk      data drive
| IPC$           IPC       IPC Service (Samba 2.2.8a on linda)
| ADMIN$         Disk      IPC Service (Samba 2.2.8a on linda)
| I don't know where IPC$ or ADMIN$ comes from but there is nothing in
| my smb.conf that would create these.  Also I don't know why Network
| Neighborhood shows IPC$ under the Linda share but not data which is in
| smb.conf or ADMIN$.
| Apparently the Samba newsgroup and mailing list are a single entity so
| I'm only going to post to the newsgroup and see if it appears on the
| mailing list.
| Any ideas?
| Larry
| On Tue, 23 Dec 2003 14:41:20 -0500, Rashkae wrote:
|>Hi Lary
|>You can get around it by sending a blank password.  (ie, just press
|>enter).  Since you enabled guest ok, logins with bad passwords will go
|>to guest account (default is nobody) and all should be well. (If the
|>login prompt asks for a Username as well as a password, just put anything)
|>As for why you need the password prompt at all, it is because Samba's
|>default security model is "User", which closely resembles a Windows NT
|>server.  The server requires a valid user for all connections.  If you
|>wanted to change this behaviour, you could change security to "share",
|>but I would not suggest doing that until you are more familiar with
|>those mysterious password issues.
|>On Sun, Dec 21, 2003 at 11:22:34AM -0600, Larry Alkoff wrote:
|>>I am trying to setup a simple Samba server using the instructions in
the O'Reilly book
|>>"Using Samba" first edition on a Slackware 9.1 system which uses
Samba 2.2.8a.
|>>The windows machine uses windows 98SE.
|>>The instructions under Server Configuration starting page 93
|>>and Disk Share Configuration starting page 96
|>>had me setup a very simple smb.conf which should then appear in
Network Neighborhood.
|>>It it does appear in NN and also using the command "net view".
|>>Then I should be able to click on the icon in NN and see the disk
single share I have setup.
|>>When I try to do this I get a logon screen that demands a password.
|>>The instructions say that
|>>"We set the guest ok parameter to yes which is not very security
conscious but there are some password
|>>issues that we need to understand before setting up individual users
and authentification.  For the moment,
|>>this will sidestep these issues and let anyone connect to the share."
|>>This is fine with me and in fact, it's the password issues that I
don't understand yet and want to get straight later.
|>>Why can't I connect without the demand for a password?
|>>How can I get around it before getting into the complexities of
password management?
|>>Here is the short smb.conf:
|>>netbios name = linda
|>>server string = Samba %v on %L
|>>workgroup = lanet
|>>  path = /export/data
|>>  comment = data drive
|>>  volume = sample-data-drive
|>>  writable = yes
|>>  guest ok = yes
|>>I also made sure to setup the subdirectory /export/data and chown it
to 777.
|>>Larry Alkoff
|>>Larry Alkoff N2LA - Austin TX
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| Larry Alkoff N2LA - Austin TX
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