Re: [squid-users] Occasional ntlm auth problems

From: Amos Jeffries <>
Date: Thu, 08 Dec 2011 12:34:17 +1300

 On Wed, 7 Dec 2011 09:30:31 -0500, Robert Vaughan wrote:
> Hi,
> We're using Squid-2.5.STABLE14 and occasionally when we rotate logs
> (nightly event) something breaks in the squid->ntlm_auth->winbind
> chain
> such that users get prompted in their browsers to authenticate.
> In the cache log we see this error for each user:
> Login for user [domain]\[user]@[machine] failed due to [winbind
> client not
> authorized to use winbindd_pam_auth_crap. Ensure permissions on
> /appl/samba-3.2.10/var/locks/winbindd_privileged are set correctly.]
> The permissions are of course correct on the winbindd_privileged
> folder
> and the pipe (this works most of the time)
> drwxr-x--- 2 root squid 3 Dec 3 22:29
> /appl/samba/var/locks/winbindd_privileged
> srwxrwxrwx 1 root root 0 Dec 3 22:29 pipe
> Squid runs as effective user 'operator' which is in the 'squid'
> group.

 This appears to be the old problem that winbind/Samba perform security
 checks and reset their important security permissions at times.
 /appl/samba/var/locks/winbindd_privileged being primary amongst those.

 To fix that problem the Squid effective user needs to be a member of
 the winbindd_priv group, with the
 /appl/samba/var/locks/winbindd_privileged left at whatever Samba needs.
 This prevents giving all software which uses winbindd_privileged
 unsecured access to all Squid data and signalling operations, and leaves
 Samba to maintain its own permissions properly.

 Removing the cache_effective_group from squid.conf allows the OS
 permissions system to assign Squid to multiple groups (its own 'squid'
 group and the 'winbindd_priv' group) and is needed for this to work.

  NOTE: if you are using a RHEL package this will fail whatever you
 configure. Somebody at RHEL went and hard-coded a default group into
 Squid. As of early this year it was still happening, I have no info on
 the most recent package. To regain control over permissions you must
 build your own Squid for RHEL.

 PS. Squid-2.5 was obsoleted over 5 years ago. Please consider
 scheduling an upgrade.

Received on Wed Dec 07 2011 - 23:34:26 MST

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