[Samba] Proposal to remove security=share in Samba 4.0

Andrew Bartlett 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
Andrew Bartlett                                http://samba.org/~abartlet/
Authentication Developer, Samba Team           http://samba.org
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