Proposal to remove confusing "security XX mask" parameters for 4.0.0

Scott Lovenberg scott.lovenberg at
Wed Oct 3 07:08:54 MDT 2012

On Wed, Oct 3, 2012 at 12:41 AM, Jeremy Allison <jra at> wrote:
> So let's be honest, does anyone really understand
> and use the following share-level smb.conf parameters ?
> security mask
> force security mode
> directory security mask
> force directory security mode
> Thoughts and comments from the technical
> crowd please ?
> Cheers,
>         Jeremy.

Those settings have made me want to scream on more than one occasion.
Every time I need to set one of them, I have to double check the
documentation.  I finally got to the point where I just copied and
pasted the security settings from The Fine Manual to the bottom of my
smb.conf on our PDC and I reference that.  Also, IIRC, there exists a
version of the documentation where these settings were erroneously
documented, leading to more confusion.  I'll give this two thumbs up
and be glad they're gone. :)

Peace and Blessings,

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