[Samba] "getpeername failed" error when signed communications policy enabled

Hilton, David davidh at hp.com
Wed Dec 7 04:01:50 MST 2011


I'm looking for help with an issue that we are seeing with the following

We are using Samba (3.5.12-72.fc15) to share out CUPS printers from a Fedora
15 machine. However, a requirement of the system is that these printers are
not directly visible from client systems (Windows 7 SP1 32-bit), so instead
we are sharing them out from a Windows print server (Windows 2008 R2 SP1).
So the clients connect to print queues on the Windows print server, which in
turn forwards the print jobs on to CUPS.

The issue we are seeing occurs when a policy change is made on the Windows
2008 R2 print server. If the "Microsoft network client: Digitally sign
communications (always)" policy setting is enabled, we see the following

- Applications running on the print server can print normally.
- Applications running on client machines fail to print.

When a print job fails we see the following in the samba log for the client

[2011/12/07 10:43:23.381798,  2] auth/auth.c:304(check_ntlm_password)
  check_ntlm_password:  authentication for user [XXX] -> [XXX] -> [XXX]
[2011/12/07 10:43:39.760399,  0] lib/util_sock.c:474(read_fd_with_timeout)
[2011/12/07 10:43:39.760476,  0]
  getpeername failed. Error was Transport endpoint is not connected
  read_fd_with_timeout: client read error = Connection reset by

The smb.conf file that we are using is as follows:


# Generated by authconfig on 2011/12/05 17:22:13
# DO NOT EDIT THIS SECTION (delimited by --start-line--/--end-line--)
# Any modification may be deleted or altered by authconfig in future

   workgroup = LOW
   password server = LOWDC
   security = user
   idmap uid = 16777216-33554431
   idmap gid = 16777216-33554431
   template shell = /bin/false
   winbind use default domain = false
   winbind offline logon = false
   server signing = auto
   log level = 2
   log file = /var/log/samba.log.%m
   max log size = 50
   debug timestamp = yes

load printers = yes
printing = cups
printcap name = cups
comment = All Printers
path = /var/spool/samba
browseable = no
guest ok = yes
writable = no
printable = yes
printer admin = root, @ntadmins, @smbprintadm
use client driver = yes

If the "Microsoft network client: Digitally sign communications (always)"
setting is disabled it all works OK, but disabling this policy setting is
not an allowed option at present. 

- David
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