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Re: Connect informix using Active Directory ac....

Posted By: Fernando Nunes
Date: Tuesday, 2 May 2017, at 11:26 a.m.

In Response To: RE: Connect informix using Active Directory accoun (Martin Graney)

That parameter only applies to Windows database servers, which apparently
is not the case here.
pam_sss seems to be a pam module to interface with System Security Services
daemon. I never used this personally, but I imagine it doesn't
transparently make the call to "getpwnan()" to work. If you have the skills
to create a small C program that calls this system call with a user of AD,
it would be interestingly to see if it returns the required results. I'd
bet it doesn't. And if it doesn't, by default, it will not work with
Informix. That's because although PAM allows authentication on remote
systems, it doesn't by itself remove the requirement that the user ID must
be known by the local system. And this "must be known" translates simply
into having that call work.

As a side, but important note, Informix requires the user to have a home
directory, a user and group id.... This is because Informix may need to
execute processes with the user identity (SYSTEM SPL call), or create files
with the user identity (explain files and/or SPL debug files). This is a
simple and annoying fact that is never taken into account when people try
to configure external authentication, and that in many cases translates
into "it doesn't work... Informix suks!"

Now... assuming the system call doesn't work, what you'd need is to setup
mapped users. I'd have a bit of trouble trying to explain the configuration
of mapped, users, but you could try to search the manuals... and come back
with more specific doubts. Basically the "mapped users" feature means that
we can create a mapping between one or more AD users with one or more
"linux local users". So any activity that requires a local user ID,
triggered by an AD user would use the mapped local user. We can map all
users to a single user or several users to a single user or a one to one

Also note that if you're using PAM and you're getting a user does not exist
it sounds a bit strange. Any issue with PAM authentication translates into
a single error (1809). This is one of the nasty things of using PAM, but
that's caused by the PAM API... You'd need to check the PAM module logs (if
any) to find out more.
I'm not 100% sure if when the PAM part works and the getpwnam() call fails
if that changes the error... it's possible.
In any case, if you're testing PAM, you NEED to do it remotely. Local
connections are treated differently....


On Mon, May 1, 2017 at 6:51 PM, Martin Graney <> wrote:

> Did you alter the ONCONFIG file to pass the authentication out to the
> domain? I believe you still need to add CHECKALLDOMAINSFORUSER 1 to
> the ONCONFIG in order to have IDS pass the user authentication out to the
> Windows domain controllers.
> Best regards,
> Martin M. Graney
> Queues Enforth Development, Inc.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: [] On Behalf Of J
> Sent: Monday, May 1, 2017 11:41 AM
> To:
> Subject: Connect informix using Active Directory account [39064]
> Guys ,
> What I am trying to do is to use Active directory accounts instead of
> local Linux accounts on server , to have "centrally managed" account.
> *********
> pam_1210 onsoctcp 12741 s=4,
> pam_serv=(ids_pam_service), pamauth(password)
> /etc/pam.d/ids_pam_service:
> ****************************
> auth required /lib64/security/
> account required /lib64/security/
> However I am not able to connect.
> Any help will be appreciated
> Thanks
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Fernando Nunes
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