[Samba] Samba authentication problem

Xamindar junkxamindar at gmail.com
Thu Mar 24 16:14:54 MDT 2011

In further testing, changing security to user gets authentication
working. Does anyone know why the Samba team removed the possibility to
authenticate with share based security? I would find it very usefull to
be able to see the shares and then authenticate when connecting to one.
Also, the help file (from swat) needs to be correctede to reflect this.
The sections on security in the help file still states "Instead, the
clients send authentication information (passwords) on a per-share
basis, at the time they attempt to connect to that share" which
apparently no longer works.

On 03/24/2011 01:00 PM, Xamindar wrote:
> Hi, I have asked around in other forums but no one seems to know why
> this doesn't work.
> I have a backup server with samba on it and am trying to set it up to
> only allow write access when a user authenticates but to allow reading
> from anyone (guest). At this time I have guest disabled and a minimal
> config set up as shown below to try to narrow down the problem.
> I have added the user "xamindar" using smbpasswd on the server. I then
> tried to mount the backup share from another machine with the following
> command:
> mount -t cifs //chiroru/backup /mnt/temp -o username=xamindar
> But I keep getting the following response:
> mount error(13): Permission denied
> Refer to the mount.cifs(8) manual page (e.g. man mount.cifs)
> Can anyone tell me what I am doing wrong here? I am sure I have missed
> something. It is possible to authenticate per share with share level
> security is it not? I just can't get authentication to work no matter
> what I have tried on this machine. With guest enabled it will just use
> the guest account and that works fine.
> Thanks for any help, I am pulling my hair out here.
> ***smb.conf***
> [global]
>         server string = Backup and Multimedia server
>         security = SHARE
>         smb passwd file = /etc/samba/private/passdb.tdb
>         load printers = No
>         disable spoolss = Yes
>         show add printer wizard = No
>         write list = xamindar
>         printing = bsd
>         print command = lpr -r -P'%p' %s
>         lpq command = lpq -P'%p'
>         lprm command = lprm -P'%p' %j
>         map hidden = Yes
>         map system = Yes
> [backup]
>         path = /mnt/user/backup
> **************

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