a proposal for Samba 3.5

Richard Sharpe rsharpe at richardsharpe.com
Fri Apr 16 17:55:35 GMT 2004

On Fri, 16 Apr 2004, Henrik Nordstrom wrote:

> On Fri, 16 Apr 2004, Jean-Baptiste Marchand wrote:
> > Just to say that rpcclient is a very useful tool, at least for
> > penetration testers and systems administrators in Windows environment...
> As already expressed in this thread: The useful RPC functions at least to
> systems administrators belongs in the net command, with a proper
> implementation.

Yes. Unfortunately, Jean-Baptiste conflated two groups of users. I agree 
that functions useful to sys admins belongs in the net command.
> > But I suppose it is hard to speak about porting rpcclient to Samba4
> > without volunteering to do the work...
> I would suggest you to go over the list of commands in rpcclient and
> determine which you see useable and which do not yet have a counterpart in
> the net command (or other Samba commands). Then propose this list of
> commands to the samba-technical list, preferably with a bit of motivation
> to each command.  It is not very meaningful to discuss the rpcclient tool 
> as such but it is meaningful to discuss the useful functions it does 
> provide and how these functions is best provided by Samba.

I don't think that those functions that are useful to penetration testers 
belong in the net command at all. These things belong in rpctorture or 
should be part of a toolkit that allow penetration testers to test the 
corner cases and extremes of individual RPC interfaces.

Richard Sharpe, rsharpe[at]richardsharpe.com, rsharpe[at]samba.org, 
sharpe[at]ethereal.com, http://www.richardsharpe.com

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