[Samba] CryptoCard - PAM or RADIUS?

Russell Handorf rhandorf at handorf.org
Tue Sep 19 13:59:13 GMT 2006

Greetings all,

I'm working on attempting to get SAMBA to work with a product line 
called CryptoCard. I *should* be able to get it to work one of two ways, 
either through the use of CryptoCard's provided PAM module, or through 
RADIUS authentication.

Currently, I cannot seem to get PAM authentication to work at all. This 
is what is in the 'samba' file for PAM:
auth       required     /lib/security/pam_cap_auth.so 
server=<insertSERVERipHERE>:624 noeus debug echo
auth       requires     /lib/security/pam_nologin.so
account    required     /lib/security/pam_stack.so service=system-auth
account    required     /lib/security/pam_permit.so
session    required     /lib/security/pam_stack.so service=system-auth
session    optional     /lib/security/pam_console.so
password   required     /lib/security/pam_stack.so service=system-auth

And for the smb.conf file I have the all important setting of 'encrypt 
passwords = No' to enable PAM authentication

When attempting to authenticate locally, from the server to the server, 
I get:
smbclient -U rhandorf -L \\\\localhost
session setup failed: NT_STATUS_UNSUCCESSFUL

and in the error logs I get:
[2006/09/18 13:42:36, 0] auth/pampass.c:smb_pam_auth(535)
  smb_pam_auth: PAM: UNKNOWN ERROR while authenticating user rhandorf
[2006/09/18 13:42:36, 0] auth/pampass.c:smb_pam_passcheck(810)
  smb_pam_passcheck: PAM: smb_pam_auth failed - Rejecting User rhandorf !

I've looked around to see whether or not SAMBA supports RADIUS 
Authentication, and I havent seen any documentation that totally says 

Asking the vendor yielded the response of "SAMBA then isnt PAM aware; 
We'd like to support it, but until it is PAM aware we wont."

Any help would be great.


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