[Samba] Does winbindd/pam transmit cleartext authneticating against an NT PDC

Jeremy Allison jra at samba.org
Tue Jan 27 18:29:14 GMT 2004

On Tue, Jan 27, 2004 at 12:44:34PM -0500, Karl DeBisschop wrote:
> I'm being told that when winbindd is used to connect a Linux client to
> an NT PDC, that encrypted passwords cannot be used in transport. In
> other words that passwords are sent over the wire in clear text.
> I find this surprising. Nor can i find documentation of this assertion
> anywhere.  Can anyone definitively say this is true or false?

Definitively this is false. winbindd uses the same methods as
a Windows member server to enumerate accounts. No cleartext.


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