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Old 06-19-2008, 07:15 PM   #1
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Log in to Linux using Windows Domain password not working right


I've set up a Redhat 7.3 (and RHEL 4.6) server using authconfig and SMB. I can log in to the server just fine using ssh and my Windows Domain password, but when I try to launch an application that connects to this server it says the password is wrong. I have a different password set up directly on this server and I'm able to log in to this application using the local server password. This application is IBM Metacube Explorer (IBM doesn't support this product anymore so I can't contact them).

Anyone have any ideas?

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Various authentication mechanisms exist, and some applications might not know how to automagically refer-to the Windows Authentication (e.g. LDAP, Active Directory) mechanisms.

I'm not sure exactly what Red Hat is doing, but you will probably be interested in studying at some length a Linux facility called PAM, which endeavors to generalize "the entire problem of authentication and authorization" such that PAM-aware applications can all do the same thing while you make adjustments in only one place.

PAM rules can be set-up to consult the Windows-based authority mechanism... such that the PAM client applications don't have to care. The clients ask PAM, and PAM gives an answer, and the clients have no idea (and no concern) just how that answer was obtained.

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