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auth.log errors: pam_winbind.so missing

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

I had an authorization log (/var/lib/auth.log) was filling up with errors related to a missing pam_winbind.so library:

May  1 01:25:01 servername CRON[1906]: pam_unix(cron:session): session opened for user root by (uid=0)
May  1 01:25:01 servername CRON[1906]: pam_unix(cron:session): session closed for user root
May  1 01:25:16 servername auth: PAM unable to dlopen(/lib/security/pam_winbind.so): /lib/security/pam_winbind.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
May  1 01:25:16 servername auth: PAM adding faulty module: /lib/security/pam_winbind.so

…over and over. I tried upgrading winbind to the latest version in the Debian stable repositories. I installed libpam-winbind (2:3.6.6-6+deb7u3 for both). Neither of those actions fixed the problem. The library, pam_winbind.so, was not present in /lib/security.

After reading this thread:

https://lists.debian.org/debian-user/2012/07/msg00620.html

I found that the library was simply in the wrong location. It was the only file under /lib/powerpc-linux-gnu/security/. This machine is a powerpc. Other architectures will have a different architecture name in the /lib directory.

The simple solution was to make a symlink under at /lib/security/pam_winbind.so that points to the existing library at /lib/powerpc-linux-gnu/security/pam_winbind.so:

sudo ln -s /lib/powerpc-linux-gnu/security/pam_winbind.so /lib/security/pam_winbind.so

No more errors in the auth.log.