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

Scott Lovenberg scott.lovenberg at
Wed Oct 3 07:18:51 MDT 2012

On Wed, Oct 3, 2012 at 9:08 AM, Scott Lovenberg
<scott.lovenberg at> wrote:
> 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
> [snip]
>> 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,
> -Scott.

I just read the thread that spawned this thread.  I feel I should
clarify my position.  I have used these bits to get around bugs with
Office documents, now that those bugs are all stomped, I have no
reason to ever use these parameters again.

Peace and Blessings,

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