[Samba] Unencrypted/encrypted passwords when connecting from Linux to Win98

mgreis at comcast.net mgreis at comcast.net
Sat Sep 6 17:29:14 GMT 2003

I am trying to use Samba between a RedHat Linux 9 system and several Win98 
PC's.  From the Win98 systems, I can see and access the Linux folders I 
have made available.  I can see the Win98 PCs and their shared directories 
from the Linux box.  Understanding that Win98 requires encrypted 
passwords, I have set the "encrypt passwords" keyword in the smb.conf file 
to "yes". 

When I try to connect from the Linux system to the Win98 PC's and fill in 
a userid and password, the dialog box clearly states that the password 
will be transmitted unencrypted.  So I am not surprised when the login 
fails.  However, I have no idea how to make samba transmit the passwords 

I have left the other keywords (which are uncommented) as they were:
        unix password sync = Yes
        pam password change = yes
        obey pam restrictions = yes

because my best understanding of the information in the smb.conf file is 
that these should not affect the encryption of the passwords to Windows. 

I am sure I have missed something, but I have no idea what.  Can anyone 

An unrelated (I think) question: my Windows machines have the default 
workgroup name "workgroup".  When I use the Red Hat tool to configure the 
Samba options, the workgroup name is erased in the config file when I fill 
it in as "workgroup".  I assume this is some anomaly in the configuration 
program that doesn't like the name "workgroup" since the keyword is 
"workgroup".  I have therefore avoided using the configuration program and 
set the name (and other options) manually in the smb.conf file. 


Michael Greis
mgreis at comcast.net
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Office 781 449-8017

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