[Samba] Unix to SMB Password Sync using PAM

Andrew Bartlett abartlet at samba.org
Sat Apr 9 22:32:33 GMT 2005

On Sun, 2005-04-10 at 00:14 +0200, Schlomo Schapiro wrote:
> Hi,
> I used this module sucessfully, but in the auth part, not passwd. That way 
> the Samba password is set on each login.
> I noticed however, that it is set only if there is no existing password. 
> The source shows that this is intended, but can be easily amended with 
> your favourite C compiler ...
> Apparantly the pam_smbpasswd module is primarily intended for migration 
> scenarios where people want to move from unix passwords to Samba 
> passwords. In general, if all your unix users hava a Samba password, there 
> is no reason to keep both passwords anyway, just use the Samba password 
> also for Unix access, e.g. with pam_smb

I strongly recommend against use of pam_smb.  Where you need to
authenticate against a Samba password database, look into pam_winbindd,
or things like the modification to Heimdal described here:


This last option allows you to then use a very standard pam_krb5 on your
unix workstations.

Andrew Bartlett

Andrew Bartlett                                http://samba.org/~abartlet/
Authentication Developer, Samba Team           http://samba.org
Student Network Administrator, Hawker College  http://hawkerc.net
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