winbindd — Name Service Switch daemon for resolving names from NT servers
winbindd [-F] [-S] [-i] [-Y] [-d <debug level>] [-s <smb config file>] [-n]
This program is part of the samba(7) suite.
winbindd is a daemon that provides a number of services to the Name Service Switch capability found in most modern C libraries, to arbitary applications via PAM and ntlm_auth and to Samba itself.
Even if winbind is not used for nsswitch, it still provides a service to smbd, ntlm_auth and the pam_winbind.so PAM module, by managing connections to domain controllers. In this configuraiton the idmap uid and idmap gid parameters are not required. (This is known as `netlogon proxy only mode'.)
The Name Service Switch allows user
and system information to be obtained from different databases
services such as NIS or DNS. The exact behaviour can be configured
Users and groups are allocated as they are resolved to a range
of user and group ids specified by the administrator of the
The service provided by winbindd is called `winbind' and can be used to resolve user and group information from a Windows NT server. The service can also provide authentication services via an associated PAM module.
pam_winbind module supports the
module-types. It should be noted that the
account module simply performs a getpwnam() to verify that
the system can obtain a uid for the user, as the domain
controller has already performed access control. If the
libnss_winbind library has been correctly
installed, or an alternate source of names configured, this should always succeed.
The following nsswitch databases are implemented by the winbindd service:
This feature is only available on IRIX.
User information traditionally stored in
hosts(5) file and used by
gethostbyname(3) functions. Names are
resolved through the WINS server or by broadcast.
User information traditionally stored in
passwd(5) file and used by
Group information traditionally stored in
group(5) file and used by
For example, the following simple configuration in the
/etc/nsswitch.conf file can be used to initially
resolve user and group information from
/etc/group and then from the
Windows NT server.
passwd: files winbind group: files winbind ## only available on IRIX; Linux users should us libnss_wins.so hosts: files dns winbind
The following simple configuration in the
/etc/nsswitch.conf file can be used to initially
resolve hostnames from
/etc/hosts and then from the
hosts: files wins
If specified, this parameter causes the main winbindd process to not daemonize, i.e. double-fork and disassociate with the terminal. Child processes are still created as normal to service each connection request, but the main process does not exit. This operation mode is suitable for running winbindd under process supervisors such as supervise and svscan from Daniel J. Bernstein's daemontools package, or the AIX process monitor.
If specified, this parameter causes winbindd to log to standard output rather than a file.
Prints the program version number.
The file specified contains the
configuration details required by the server. The
information in this file includes server-specific
information such as what printcap file to use, as well
as descriptions of all the services that the server is
to provide. See
smb.conf for more information.
The default configuration file name is determined at
level is an integer
from 0 to 10. The default value if this parameter is
not specified is zero.
The higher this value, the more detail will be logged to the log files about the activities of the server. At level 0, only critical errors and serious warnings will be logged. Level 1 is a reasonable level for day-to-day running - it generates a small amount of information about operations carried out.
Levels above 1 will generate considerable amounts of log data, and should only be used when investigating a problem. Levels above 3 are designed for use only by developers and generate HUGE amounts of log data, most of which is extremely cryptic.
Base directory name for log/debug files. The extension
".progname" will be appended (e.g. log.smbclient,
log.smbd, etc...). The log file is never removed by the client.
Print a summary of command line options.
Tells winbindd to not become a daemon and detach from the current terminal. This option is used by developers when interactive debugging of winbindd is required. winbindd also logs to standard output, as if the -S parameter had been given.
Disable caching. This means winbindd will always have to wait for a response from the domain controller before it can respond to a client and this thus makes things slower. The results will however be more accurate, since results from the cache might not be up-to-date. This might also temporarily hang winbindd if the DC doesn't respond.
Single daemon mode. This means winbindd will run as a single process (the mode of operation in Samba 2.2). Winbindd's default behavior is to launch a child process that is responsible for updating expired cache entries.
Users and groups on a Windows NT server are assigned a security id (SID) which is globally unique when the user or group is created. To convert the Windows NT user or group into a unix user or group, a mapping between SIDs and unix user and group ids is required. This is one of the jobs that winbindd performs.
As winbindd users and groups are resolved from a server, user and group ids are allocated from a specified range. This is done on a first come, first served basis, although all existing users and groups will be mapped as soon as a client performs a user or group enumeration command. The allocated unix ids are stored in a database and will be remembered.
WARNING: The SID to unix id database is the only location where the user and group mappings are stored by winbindd. If this store is deleted or corrupted, there is no way for winbindd to determine which user and group ids correspond to Windows NT user and group rids.
Configuration of the winbindd daemon is done through configuration parameters in the smb.conf(5) file. All parameters should be specified in the [global] section of smb.conf.
To setup winbindd for user and group lookups plus authentication from a domain controller use something like the following setup. This was tested on an early Red Hat Linux box.
/etc/nsswitch.conf put the
passwd: files winbind group: files winbind
/etc/pam.d/* replace the
auth lines with something like this:
auth required /lib/security/pam_securetty.so auth required /lib/security/pam_nologin.so auth sufficient /lib/security/pam_winbind.so auth required /lib/security/pam_unix.so \ use_first_pass shadow nullok
The PAM module pam_unix has recently replaced the module pam_pwdb. Some Linux systems use the module pam_unix2 in place of pam_unix.
Note in particular the use of the
keyword and the
Now replace the account lines with this:
account required /lib/security/pam_winbind.so
The next step is to join the domain. To do that use the net program like this:
net join -S PDC -U Administrator
The username after the
-U can be any
Domain user that has administrator privileges on the machine.
Substitute the name or IP of your PDC for "PDC".
/lib/security. A symbolic link needs to be
/lib/libnss_winbind.so.2. If you are using an
older version of glibc then the target of the link should be
Finally, setup a smb.conf(5) containing directives like the following:
[global] winbind separator = + winbind cache time = 10 template shell = /bin/bash template homedir = /home/%D/%U idmap uid = 10000-20000 idmap gid = 10000-20000 workgroup = DOMAIN security = domain password server = *
Now start winbindd and you should find that your user and group database is expanded to include your NT users and groups, and that you can login to your unix box as a domain user, using the DOMAIN+user syntax for the username. You may wish to use the commands getent passwd and getent group to confirm the correct operation of winbindd.
The following notes are useful when configuring and running winbindd:
nmbd(8) must be running on the local machine for winbindd to work.
PAM is really easy to misconfigure. Make sure you know what you are doing when modifying PAM configuration files. It is possible to set up PAM such that you can no longer log into your system.
If more than one UNIX machine is running winbindd, then in general the user and groups ids allocated by winbindd will not be the same. The user and group ids will only be valid for the local machine, unless a shared is configured.
If the the Windows NT SID to UNIX user and group id mapping file is damaged or destroyed then the mappings will be lost.
The following signals can be used to manipulate the winbindd daemon.
Reload the smb.conf(5) file and apply any parameter changes to the running version of winbindd. This signal also clears any cached user and group information. The list of other domains trusted by winbindd is also reloaded.
The SIGUSR2 signal will cause winbindd to write status information to the winbind log file.
Log files are stored in the filename specified by the log file parameter.
Name service switch configuration file.
The UNIX pipe over which clients communicate with
the winbindd program. For security reasons, the
winbind client will only attempt to connect to the winbindd daemon
if both the
/tmp/.winbindd/pipe file are owned by
The UNIX pipe over which 'privileged' clients
communicate with the winbindd program. For security
reasons, access to some winbindd functions - like those needed by
the ntlm_auth utility - is restricted. By default,
only users in the 'root' group will get this access, however the administrator
may change the group permissions on $LOCKDIR/winbindd_privileged to allow
programs like 'squid' to use ntlm_auth.
Note that the winbind client will only attempt to connect to the winbindd daemon
if both the
$LOCKDIR/winbindd_privileged/pipe file are owned by
Implementation of name service switch library.
Storage for the Windows NT rid to UNIX user/group
id mapping. The lock directory is specified when Samba is initially
compiled using the
This directory is by default
Storage for cached user and group information.
The original Samba software and related utilities were created by Andrew Tridgell. Samba is now developed by the Samba Team as an Open Source project similar to the way the Linux kernel is developed.
wbinfo and winbindd were written by Tim Potter.
The conversion to DocBook for Samba 2.2 was done by Gerald Carter. The conversion to DocBook XML 4.2 for Samba 3.0 was done by Alexander Bokovoy.