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Windows authentication from SUSE 10.1? What module can do this?

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I am not sure if this post belongs here in PHP or under Linux.

I have an application at work running both on Centos 4.5 and on a Debian PC. For both of these, an authentication of a user is made using either smbauth_validate and (Centos) or pam_auth (Debian), where the user's ID and password is sent to our Windows server and checked to see if they are valid.

Now I need to migrate the application to a SUSE 10.1 x86_64 machine, and having difficulties in finding the right package that can do the same job.

Can anyone help? Can anyone tell me for SUSE what module or RPM package can be used?

Thanks for any help,

Steve, Denmark
Mar 5 '08 #1
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In my opinion this is a Linux problem, so I will move this thread to the Linux forum. Good luck.

Mar 5 '08 #2

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Thank you to the moderator. I was, and still am, not really sure where this belongs, which is part of the problem behind the original post. I am working with PHP, and am not sure where to look for an appropriate authentification module that will work on a 64bit SUSE 10.1 machine: a PHP module, or a more general Linux module (pam, squid, etc.).

I do not require an entire authentification system, just a function that will ask our Windows server if a user ID and password pair are currently valid, and return a true or false as answer to the PHP script.

Hope someone out there can help!

Steve, Denmark
Mar 5 '08 #3

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If it is any help to anyone, I will answer my own question. I could not find packages or modules for 64 bit SUSE 10.1 that gave me the equivalent functionality as I have for Centos and Debian, but it seems the php5-ldap module does what I want. I use the following function.
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  1. <?php
  2. function myCheckAuth($user,$passwrd)
  3. {
  4.         $user = trim($user);
  5.         if ((strlen($user)==0) or (strlen($passwrd)==0))
  6.         {
  7.                 // Need to do this or it would be possible to log in anonymously
  8.                 return false;
  9.         }
  10.         // Convert the $user id to something that the Windows server will accept:
  11.         $userid = trim($user) . '';
  12.         $host = 'ldap://companyserverURL';
  14.         $ldap = ldap_connect($host);
  15.         ldap_set_option($ldap,LDAP_OPT_PROTOCOL_VERSION, 3);
  17.         // Attempt to bind this user.
  18.         $ldapbind = ldap_bind($ldap,$userid,$passwrd);
  19.         if ($ldapbind)
  20.         {
  21.                 ldap_close($ldap);
  22.                 return true;
  23.         }
  24.         else
  25.         {
  26.                 ldap_close($ldap);
  27.                 return false;
  28.         }
  29. }
  30. ?>
This seems to do the job. The PHP script passes the user's Windows log on ID as $user and the user's password as $passwrd (obtained from the log on page using appropriate form input fields). If the user ID and password are currently valid, the bind is successful, and true is returned, otherwise the bind fails and false is returned.

Steve, Denmark
Mar 10 '08 #4

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Albeit the issue seems to be resolved, I believe that this should have been under the PHP forum as he was coding to do the authentication.

Just my .02.


Mar 11 '08 #5

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