samba and multiple servers

Paul J Collins pjdc at
Tue Jul 11 17:41:34 GMT 2000

>>>>> "Richard" == Richard Sharpe <sharpe at> writes:

    Richard> At 10:30 AM 7/11/00 +1000, Matthew Geddes wrote:
    >> Does Samba follow Unix symlinks? Not the same, I know, but it could help
    >> ni some cases.

    Richard> Yes, it does follow symlinks. The default is on, but you
    Richard> can control it with the 'wide links' parameter or some
    Richard> such ...

What "wide links" does is make sure that symbolic links don't point
outside the shared tree.  It's an expensive option to use; every file
opened must be lstat'd and if it is a link, a readlink call must be
made to check it (i.e. one system call per file open, and possibly
two).  And if that points to a file/directory inside the tree, then
*that* must be checked (more system calls).  If potentially malicious
people do not have Unix-level access (i.e. such that they could create
a symlink) to the Samba shares, then leave "wide links = on".

Note also that the symlink interpretation is done by the OS kernel on
the Samba server; it is therefore not possible to symlink to shares on
other servers.


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