Samba and CIFS question

Javid Abdul-AJAVID1 AJAVID1 at
Wed Jul 31 10:09:02 GMT 2002

SMB is properiety of whom
just curious how does samba team cope up with changes that microsoft makes
in their cifs.
do they put it out there in open as what they are using and what not


-----Original Message-----
From: Christopher R. Hertel [mailto:crh at]
Sent: Wednesday, July 31, 2002 11:33 AM
To: Javid Abdul-AJAVID1
Cc: samba at; samba-technical at
Subject: Re: Samba and CIFS question

On Wed, Jul 31, 2002 at 09:20:03AM -0500, Javid Abdul-AJAVID1 wrote:
> > Is samba implments CIFS.

Yes, Samba is a CIFS implementation.

> > I thought CIFS is based on SMB

Yes, CIFS (Common Internet FileSystem) is Microsoft's marketing name for 

> > am assuming SMB is opensource protocol

No.  SMB is poorly documented, randomly changed, overloaded, and 

> > Just wondering if am running samba 2.2.5 does it mean am running CIFS
> > also what version of CIFS?

Several versions of CIFS.  Samba supports several dialects (a dialect is a
named variation in the protocol...there are many unnamed variations as

> > when i sniffing SMB packets which commands should i be looking at CIFS
> > SMB

A tool such as Ethereal will know how to decode the packets.

See also:  http://ubiqx/org/cifs/ for an introduction to the protocol and 
its annoyances.

Chris -)-----

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