[Samba] Problems with Samba and security hardened WinXP SP2 clients

jonas.back at ppm.nu jonas.back at ppm.nu
Mon Feb 21 15:41:53 GMT 2005

We're running Fedora Core and Samba-3.0.8-0.pre1.3 and we're authenticating
our Windows XP users against Active Directory running on Windows 2003.
Everything works fine!

But now we're trying to secure and harden our WinXP machines and now when
any user logged into a secured WinXP they get the errormessage "The account
is not authorized to log in from this station". I browsed the net and most
solutions tell me to change the smb.conf to:
encrypt passwords = yes

However, this didn't work (later, it turned out it worked without this
setting anyway). But since it did work before securing the WinXP I started
looking into the policysettings of the client. I found that the following
GPO-setting was the reason why it stopped working:
Microsoft network client: Digitally sign communications (always)
If we set this to Disabled it works again.

This security option setting determines whether packet signing is required
by the SMB client component. Enabling this setting prevents the Microsoft
network client from communicating with a server unless that server agrees to
perform SMB packet signing. You risk gettings your sessions hijcaked

Doesn't Samba support this?

We use the Windows Server 2003 Security Guide and the Windows XP Security
Guide to harden our servers and clients:

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