[Samba] Encryption

Jeremy Allison jra at samba.org
Fri Jun 25 12:54:40 MDT 2010

On Fri, Jun 25, 2010 at 06:44:17PM +0000, Dan Lenski wrote:
> On Tue, 01 Dec 2009 08:23:01 -0800, Jeremy Allison wrote:
> > On Tue, Dec 01, 2009 at 10:01:57AM -0600, Cameron Laird wrote:
> >> What are the prospects for "smb transport encryption"?  Where can I
> >> learn more?
> > 
> > It's implemented via the UNIX extension mechanism between smbclient and
> > smbd for versions of Samba 3.2.x and greater.
> > 
> > Not yet implemented in the Linux CIFSFS client or MacOSX client.
> The encryption feature of smbclient seems really great!  But it is too 
> bad that it is only in smbclient and not in smbmount/mount.cifs.
> Is there any technical barrier to implementing it in smbmount?

No technical barrier, just the willingness of someone to
write the code :-).

> I used to use sshfs to remotely mount my home directories between 
> different computers running Linux, but I have switched to Samba for 
> better performance.  I would like to be able to keep using Samba without 
> worrying about the relative lack of security.  (I know this isn't really 
> Samba's fault, but a legacy of its origins.)

Steve French and Jeff Layton are the experts in the Linux
CIFS kernel code, try bugging them :-).


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