[Samba] Proposal to remove security=share in Samba 4.0
abartlet at samba.org
Thu Mar 1 05:39:10 MST 2012
After feedback from my previous proposal, I am proposing to totally
remove security=share from Samba 4.0. security=share has been
deprecated since Samba 3.6.
The attached patch shows the removal (a lot of complex code is going
away, which I think is a very good thing).
Naturally, full user-name/password authentication remain available in
security=user and above.
The rationale is that for the bulk of security=share users, we just we
need a very simple way to run a 'trust the network' Samba server, where
users mark shares as guest ok. This is still supported, and the
smb.conf options are documented at
At the same time, I want to close the door on one of the most arcane
areas of Samba authentication.
If you have any concerns about this, please let me know,
Andrew Bartlett http://samba.org/~abartlet/
Authentication Developer, Samba Team http://samba.org
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