[Samba] Single shared directory, with a universal password

Andrew Bartlett abartlet at samba.org
Mon Mar 17 01:07:39 GMT 2003

On Mon, 2003-03-17 at 11:37, indy at SDF.LONESTAR.ORG wrote:
> Hello,
> I am using Samba "Version 2.2.3a-12 for Debian" on a Debian 3.0 system.
> I have looked at lots of Samba documentation and have not been able to
> find anything explaining what I need. I want to create a single directory
> on my Samba server that is ok for any user (e.g. 'guest ok = yes'), but
> is password protected. Meaning, I want a share that any user can access
> as long as they have the password to that specific directory. I haven't
> seen how to do this anywhere, so any assistance that you could offer
> would be most appreciative. Thanks a lot!

Set 'security=share' on the server, and create an account in smbpasswd
for a new user 'share_user' (or whatever you like to call it).

Then put 'user = share_user' and 'valid users = share_user' in the
declaration for that share. 

This gets you pretty close to the 'share level' password on Win9X.  Not
quite (because we map to unix users) but pretty close.

Note that setting 'security=share' will affect other shares on the
server, so you might want to look into a %L include to host this on a
separate virtual hostname.

Andrew Bartlett

Andrew Bartlett                                 abartlet at pcug.org.au
Manager, Authentication Subsystems, Samba Team  abartlet at samba.org
Student Network Administrator, Hawker College   abartlet at hawkerc.net
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