[Samba] Re: can't access Samba share when clocks skew is too great

Aaron Kincer kincera at gmail.com
Fri Sep 22 14:33:51 GMT 2006

Actually, now that you mention it and I've got more caffeine in the 
veins, I would throw the theory out that the Samba server-side 
authentication is being more proactive than AD would be. In other words, 
AD says "You got the right password? Come on in!" whereas Samba says 
"You got the right password? That's great, but our time is out of sync 
and that's a problem. This session has timed out."

This is just a guess, more or less.

Feel free to email me directly with your questions about GPOs if you 
want to take it off-list.


Leonid Zeitlin wrote:
> Hi Aaron,
> Thanks, I understand. As a matter of fact, yes, I do need help with GPOs 
> (not NTP on Samba server - thanks, that's clear to me), so if you can offer 
> a suggestion, I'd appreciate (I understand this is off topic on the Samba 
> list).
> At the same time, as I mentioned in the previous post, I'm trying to 
> understand why clients with incorrect clock can connect to Windows servers 
> and can't connect to Samba. I thought Samba tried to emulate Windows file 
> server as close as possible. In this particular case I thought Samba would 
> fall back to NTLM auth. Maybe I misunderstand something.
> Thanks,
>   Leonid
> "Aaron Kincer" <kincera at gmail.com> ???????/???????? ? ???????? ?????????: 
> news:4513E916.8060106 at gmail.com...
> It is pretty standard behavior for encrypted authentication schemes to
> reject authentication requests when the time deviation between the
> client and server are too far apart. This is by design. It is basically
> a timeout from Active Directory's perspective. You can use Active
> Directory GPOs to configure clients to use NTP and you can also
> configure NTP on your Samba server (use cron to sync time hourly if you
> must). This should fix your authentication issue. If you need help with
> GPOs or configuring NTP on your Samba server, let me know.
> Bruno Rodrigues Neves wrote:
>> Hi Leonid,
>> I don´t know the cause of this problem, but if you try add into your
>> netlogon script a line such as a "set time" in order to set the clock
>> to the same from the server?
>> Regards!
>> -- 
>> Bruno
>> On 9/22/06, Leonid Zeitlin <lz at csltd.com.ua> wrote:
>>> Hi all,
>>> I have a Samba 3.0.23c server joined to an Windows 2003 AD domain. Users
>>> access it from Windows workstations (XP, 2000). The problem is that if a
>>> workstation has its time off by more than 5 minutes, Samba server cannot 
>>> be
>>> accessed. I understand that Kerberos cannot authenticate the clients due 
>>> to
>>> clock skew; however, I thought that in such case Samba could falls back 
>>> to
>>> NTLM auth. At least, the workstations with the wrong clock can access
>>> Windows file servers, but not Samba. Is Samba's behavior in this case
>>> intentional? Is this supposed to work? How can I help or debug this
>>> situation? Any help is appreciated.
>>> Thanks,
>>>   Leonid
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