Samba and CIFS question

Christopher R. Hertel crh at
Wed Jul 31 10:57:04 GMT 2002

On Wed, Jul 31, 2002 at 12:06:23PM -0500, Javid Abdul-AJAVID1 wrote:
> SMB is properiety of whom

It's all in my book.  http://ubiqx/org/cifs/

SMB was created by IBM, but is now under Microsoft's control.  Almost 

> just curious how does samba team cope up with changes that microsoft
> makes in their cifs.

Very hard work.

Thing is, Microsoft doesn't change SMB much any more.  They have instead
taken to implementing new features using Remote Proceedure Call (MS-RPC).
You'll need Luke Leighton's book to figure that out.  Basically, though,
they simply add new DLLs and do function calls across the wire using SMB
as a transport (RPC over SMB over NBT over TCP over IP).  They don't
publish documentation on the RPC calls either, so these need to be
reverse-engineered as well.  Not easy, since the range and type of the
parameters is not known and may be difficult to figure out.

> do they put it out there in open as what they are using and what not

Open?  Microsoft?  They don't seem to like Open very much.  Read this:

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