[Samba] Maxtor NAS share problem

Rick Johnson rrj0304 at verizon.net
Mon Apr 28 18:30:08 GMT 2008

Scott Lovenberg wrote:
> 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. :)

(The 65532 ports scanned but not shown below are in state: closed)
80/tcp   open  http
139/tcp  open  netbios-ssn
445/tcp  open  microsoft-ds
4301/tcp open  unknown
MAC Address: 00:10:75:00:FD:91 (Maxtor)

Well, it's about as useful to me as a brick right now, so maybe I've got 
nothing to lose! ;-)

Seriously though, I don't know SSHD so what does that mean exactly? All 
I know is that SSH is a sort of secure telnet, but I've never used it much.

Best Regards,

Rick J.

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