encryption on network

Jeremy Allison jra at samba.org
Thu Jul 28 17:54:10 MDT 2011

On Thu, Jul 28, 2011 at 05:59:41PM -0500, Christopher R. Hertel wrote:
> The network traffic is not encrypted.
> The SMB protocol does not provide any mechanism for encrypting traffic
> between clients and servers.

As shipped by Microsoft :-). The UNIX extensions to SMB allow
encrypted traffic between clients and servers and Samba has
supported this for a long time (smbclient -e will encrypt

> The only good way to ensure that the traffic
> is encrypted is to create a VPN and ensure that SMB traffic is always
> contained within the VPN.

Or use Samba smbclient to a smbd server :-). Of course, we
really need this in the Linux CIFS client.

Steve French - where's my encrypted transport code !!! (your
monthly ping on this :-).


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