[Samba] smb won't allow users from other ou share access

Patrick Goetz pgoetz at math.utexas.edu
Fri Mar 4 17:34:43 UTC 2022

On 3/4/22 11:18, Rowland Penny via samba wrote:
> On Fri, 2022-03-04 at 10:59 -0600, Patrick Goetz via samba wrote:
>> On 3/3/22 17:47, Fuhriman, Nathanael [US] (SP) (Contr) via samba
>> wrote:
>>> I have samba setup to share files on a system using SSSD hooked to
>>> AD for user accounts. Some users are able to access the shares and
>>> other are not. I finally narrowed it down to users that are in a
>>> specific OU in AD. Those in that OU can access the shares. All
>>> others are denied access. For examples users in OU=employees are
>>> able to access but users in OU=contractors are not able to access.
>>   From your description my suspicion is that a GPO is responsible for
>> this, not Samba. What OU to suspect depends on how your network is
>> configured; i.e. are all the shares coming from the same file
>> server?
>> Does that file server have GPO-based access restrictions to that OU?
> Could be a GPO but doubtful

I'm unsure on this point because I haven't tried this, but it's entirely 
possible to restrict access to a domain-bound server using a security 
group.  The question is whether or not this can be made to apply to 
shares coming from that server.

>> If it's not that, comb through your /etc/sssd/sssd.conf file looking
>> for
>> anything that references that OU.
>> It could be samba if you have these restrictions embedded in your
>> /etc/samba/smb.conf file, but I'm assuming you've checked for this
>> already.
> As far as I am aware, Samba has nothing to restrict the search base in
> smb.conf, but I seem to remember that sssd has.

I thought the problem was access to a share, not searching the database 
-- is there a connection here I'm missing?  Samba does allow 
restrictions to groups:

    valid users = @my_special_group

Maybe it doesn't make sense to have OU based restrictions in smb.conf 
(this would be handy, of course), but they might have OU based security 

> Rowland

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