Thanks.The krb5_map_user option does actually work for mapping usernames.

But it doesn’t solve the  more serious problem, which is that id_provider = ipa 
leaves the credentials owned by the wrong UID. I tried auth_provider both ipa 
and krb5, and it both has the same problem. It appears that sssd uses its 
internal id provider rather than nsswitch when deciding what UID should own the 

I have a feeling I could use views for this, but managing them a large number 
of user-owned systems systems difficult.

To be clear, the problem is this:

user foo is uid 1000 in /etc/passwd
They have an entry in IPA with uid 1005.
nsswitch.conf is “files sss"

When foo logs into the system, “id” shows they are logged in with UID 1000, as 
expected. But “echo $KRB5CCNAME” shows KEYRING:persistent:1005:xxxx” and klist 
shows that they can’t access the credentials, even though they’re actually 

I wrote a pam module that detects this condition and copies the credentials to 
a new cache with the right owner. But I don’t think we want to commit to 
maintaining that kind of hack.

> On Apr 9, 2018, at 3:12 PM, Sumit Bose <> wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 09, 2018 at 04:32:00PM +0000, Charles Hedrick wrote:
>> I’m trying to support an odd configuration.
>> We have an IPA system, which is used in the normal way for systems run by 
>> staff. But we have hundreds of systems run by faculty and grad students. I’d 
>> like to encourage them to integrate with our system. However their usernames 
>> and UIDs don’t typically match ours. I don’t think there’s much I can do 
>> about usernames. But I’d at least like to survive differing UIDs. Kerberos 
>> and even NFS V4 don’t care about UIDs.
>> So I set up sssd pointing to IPA, with access_provider = deny (meaning only 
>> people accepted by pam_unix can login), and nsswitch.conf having “files 
>> sss." If a user logins in with the Kerberos password they’re logged in 
>> correctly, but they can’t access their own Kerberos credentials.
>> Their logged in UID is the one in /etc/passwd, because login correctly obeys 
>> nsswitch. But their Kerberos credentials are for the UID in IPA.
>> I can change id_provider to proxy/files. But then the sss nsswitch map 
>> doesn’t work. I need to get groups from IPA in order to interpret groups on 
>> our Netapp. I’d like to get users from IPA when there isn’t an entry in 
>> /etc/passwd, so that ls -l on the Netapp can interpret user names.
>> So what I’d like is that when sssd creates Kerberos credentials, it uses the 
>> same user that login is going to use, i.e. that it obeys nsswitch. Is this a 
>> reasonable expectation?
>> Going further, I’d like a way to do username mapping that will work with 
>> both sssd and Kerberos. One approach would be to pay attention to the 
>> username map in /etc/krb5.conf or idmapd.conf, since I’d have to put the 
>> mapping in both (I think).
> Maybe the krb5_map_user option can help, please see man sssd-krb5 for
> details.
> bye,
> Sumit
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