[Samba] helppp! security = user + public share

Benjamin Huntsman BHuntsman at mail2.cu-portland.edu
Mon Mar 18 17:00:58 MDT 2013

This is Samba 3.6.10, BTW.

After further debugging, I can't get it to work under any circumstances with XP, but I can get it to allow guest shares with the following:

security = USER
encrypt passwords = Yes
map to guest = Bad User

However, I really need encrypt passwors = No.  That apparently is the culprit however.  

Does anyone know how to allow guest access while sending unencrypted credentials?  I'm guessing it fails because the user exists in the UNIX passwd file.

Many thanks in advance!


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Subject: [Samba] helppp!  security = user + public share

I'm getting killed this morning, since we did a Samba upgrade to one of our production servers this weekend and didn't expect this one.

I have one share that I need unauthenticated access to from a few named workstations.  Here's the config:

# Samba config file created using SWAT
# from UNKNOWN (x.x.x.x)
# Date: 2013/03/18 14:25:33

        encrypt passwords = No
        map to guest = Bad User
        guest account = pcguest
        log level = 3
        os level = 8
        local master = No
        domain master = No
        idmap config * : range =
        idmap config * : backend = tdb

        path = /doclink
        read only = No
        guest ok = Yes
        hosts allow = x.x.x.x

So, from the host that is named on the pubshare share, I should just be able to go to Start --> run, and enter \\server\pubshare and be in, regardless of who I'm logged in as.
I also added the pcguest account into the passdb backend using 'smbpasswd -an pcguest'.  And yet, it's still prompting for a password.

I need this to work because several automated processes rely on the share.  It works just fine if I flip it back to security = SHARE, but that breaks all the shares on the system for Windows XP clients.

Anyway, huge thanks to anyone who might be able to assist!!

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