Given PrintNightmare, should spoolss go the way of SMB1: off by default?

Jeremy Allison jra at
Thu Jul 1 03:50:04 UTC 2021

On Thu, Jul 01, 2021 at 01:56:05PM +1200, Andrew Bartlett via samba-technical wrote:
>G'Day all,
>It seems the current keep-the-sysadmin-up-at-night is a thing called
>PrintNightmare (CVE-2021-1675):
>Hopefully this doesn't read on Samba, nobody really knows the details
>right now, and if you find out please mail the Samba security alias
>with the details of how and we will deal with that confidentially.
>But the public question I have is this:  For Samba 4.15, can we set
>'disable spoolss = true' by default please?
>I love printing just as much as any other team member (joke!), but we
>have a lot of juicy code in printing that many use cases don't need.
>When the next printing exploit comes our way, it would be nice if like
>SMB1, many of our installs have it turned off already.
>What do folks think?

+1 on disabling printing by default for the next release.

It's a big chunk of horrid code.

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