43.3. Managing Samba Users

As mentioned in the introduction, the SMB protocol uses a password encryption format that is incompatible with the standard UNIX format. This was not originally a problem, as old versions of Windows (95 and earlier) sent unencrypted passwords to SMB servers. This allowed Samba to encrypt and verify them against the UNIX password list, just like the FTP or telnet servers do. Unfortunately, recent Windows releases will only send passwords in the new NTLM encrypted format unless a particular obscure registry key is changed. Samba must now maintain a separate list of passwords to validate modern clients.

Unless your server is only going to be accessed by old Windows hosts or Linux systems, you will need to enable this separate ...

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