[Samba] Maxtor NAS share problem

Scott Lovenberg scott.lovenberg at gmail.com
Mon Apr 28 05:25:38 GMT 2008

Scott Lovenberg wrote:
> Rick Johnson wrote:
>> Toby Bluhm wrote:
>>> Rick Johnson wrote:
>>>> Adam Williams wrote:
>>>>> what are the settings on the share you're trying to mount?  does 
>>>>> it have something like valid users = rickj
>>>> Well, that is hard to determine. If you're asking whether the drive 
>>>> has something like an "smb.conf" file containing share settings the 
>>>> answer is no. The only access I have to the Maxtor drive is via a 
>>>> browser interface. I have used the menu in that to set all files 
>>>> for full public access, but beyond that I have no finer control. (I 
>>>> have 
>>> So in public mode, it's probably going to throw all user info away 
>>> and map everything to a universal id. Have you looked closely at the 
>>> file perm/ownership from the Windows client? Saved files as joe user 
>>> & then jane user - does it keep the distinction? I'll venture no.
>> There is no Windows "client". The Maxtor shows up in "My Netowrk 
>> Places" and is mapped as just another drive from Windows; in my 
>> particular case, as the "Z" drive.
>>> If it's possible, have you tried setting up individual users through 
>>> the nas interface?
>> Yes. The drive has been set up with different users since the beginning.
>>> Could also just work with the fact that no perm/owner info will be 
>>> kept. Collect that info & store it to a file. A recursive getfacl to 
>>> collect & setfacl to restore could do the trick.
>> Judging by what I see through the web interface, there must be SOME 
>> type of user info stored, but how or where I don't know and can't see.
>>>> found via www.openmss.org that the underlying filesystem of the 
>>>> drive is Linux - reiser I think - but beyond that I have no data on 
>>>> the filesystem other than what I see when I smbmount the drive.)
>>> Perhaps there's a way to break into the Linux the nas is running & 
>>> change stuff to your suiting.
>> I think this is a possibility and I've been looking for more info; 
>> unfortunately without success so far.
>>> I've heard many times of people with an appliance trying to do 
>>> something beyond its intended function & hitting a brick wall. Your 
>>> situation is why I never recommend an appliance to anyone other than 
>>> a pure, non-hacker, non-power type Windows user. A NAS type distro 
>>> or even a full distro on a junker PC would be a better solution. 
>>> More work, but better results.
>> You're probably right. But since I've already got the drive I need to 
>> figure out a way to use it.
>> Rick J.
> Have you scanned for open ports?  These things usually have SSH or 
> telnet or some other maintenance port open with a known default 
> user/pass.
After looking at www.openmss.org a bit, it seems that it keeps users in 
nvram.  Looks like you can update the firmware via the web interface, 
and that will give you an SSHD to log in to.  That might be either the 
best way to go about this, or the fastest way to brick the appliance. :)

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