Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 52641
Installer has option for SMB authentication, but it doesn't work
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:36:38 EDT
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Description of problem:
Installer has an option for using SMB servers to authenticate users. I
assume this is winbind, no winbindd is available for install, and it's not
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Install RedHat Beta
2.Configure to use SMB for authentication
4.Try logging on with the SMB userid/password
Actual Results: Can't login with SMB userid/password combination.
Expected Results: Successful login with SMB userid/password combination.
The installer calls authconfig, which is supposed to set up the SMB
authentication. I don't think it uses winbind. Changing component to authconfig.
The SMB authentication option sets up pam_smb_auth to authenticate to an SMB
server, typically running Samba. User information must still be obtained using
one of files, NIS, hesiod, or LDAP. The current version of Samba (2.2.1a) does
not include a compilable version of winbindd.
Aahhh, I understand the predicament now. The installer is a bit misleading
then. I thought the SMB authentication would be capable of going against an NT
domain (very desireable in our environment) as a stand alone authentication
method, ala winbind. You will probably want to very clearly spell this option
out in the install documentation, or remove it as a selection until something
like winbind is available. This option will probably add confusion and people,
like myself, opening tickets because it appears to not work.