[Samba] RHEL7/Centos7 with Samba AD

Andrew Bartlett abartlet at samba.org
Tue Dec 11 05:54:48 UTC 2018

On Tue, 2018-12-11 at 00:42 -0500, Nico Kadel-Garcia wrote:
> On Mon, Dec 10, 2018 at 8:58 PM Andrew Bartlett <abartlet at samba.org> wrote:
> > On Mon, 2018-12-10 at 20:53 -0500, Nico Kadel-Garcia wrote:
> > 
> > > I actually hope that the "--with-experimental-ad-dc" option will work
> > > well, as it seems to in Fedora 29. I'm not holding my breath for it.
> > 
> > I'm sorry if my hints have not been strong enough:
> > 
> Jeremy, I'm not the one who introduced this. It's not apparent from my
> git history, but I imported those settings straight from the Fedora 29
> SRPM, which uses precisely those settings.

I'm Andrew.  I'll explain a bit more why Fedora upstream is not a good
guide here.

> > Your end users don't know we lack security support for this mode, and
> > do not have the resources to even fix the well known bugs in a timely
> > manner.  It remains as a base for a future development effort from some
> > well-funded partner who needs it.
> Right. Thank you, and I'll try to reach upstream about this. Please
> don't blame me for activating that one, I've been working to backport
> from Fedora 29.

Upstream won't fix it, except to disable the AD DC again.  They are, by
corporate edict, not permitted to ship our internal Heimdal. 

> > As we know Red Hat doesn't need it any more, so who this will be is an
> > open question.
> That, I'm unclear on. RHEL 7's "samba-dc" RPM packages don't actually
> contain a domain controller, just empty RPMs with README files saying
> "we don't actually contain a domain controller", which I find
> confusing and disappointing. I build these as a hobby, and have been
> doing this sort of thing since SunOS 4.1.2, to see what the features
> of the latest releases are and as a hook for people who might need
> them for production use. Red Hat is welcome to them. I grabbed the
> latest 4.9.3 from Fedora, with surprise to see that the with_dc had
> been enabled in the latest release with precisely those settings.
> I'm happy to pass along your comments in a bugzilla for Fedora and
> discourage their use of this unsupported feature.

The maintainers are Samba Team members, they know the situation very

The problem is the gap between Fedora, and even un-official packages
for RHEL/CentOS, as while few servers run on Fedora, people will use
these packages as an AD DC, hit the bugs in the MIT KDC, then come here
about it. 

If you only want to do a pure backport (and not adjust the packages),
it would be safer, for the RHEL backport packages, to also turn off the
AD DC like RHEL does. 

It is great to have more diversity in package sources for RPM users,
and I thank you for providing them!  I just have some strong feelings
about unsupported code in what I hope becomes a popular package source.

I hope this clarifies things,

Andrew Bartlett
Andrew Bartlett                       http://samba.org/~abartlet/
Authentication Developer, Samba Team  http://samba.org
Samba Developer, Catalyst IT          http://catalyst.net.nz/services/samba

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