[Samba] can't turn on wide links in homedir

umage theultramage at gmail.com
Mon Sep 12 06:21:12 MDT 2011

Hi, I discovered that it's not possible to run 'wide links' and 'unix 
entensions' at the same time - there are source-level blockers in place 
that will disable wide links and write a log entry. I traced this to 
https://bugzilla.samba.org/show_bug.cgi?id=7104 and 
http://www.samba.org/samba/news/symlink_attack.html ...

However, I run a private home LAN server that already exposes / (root) 
as a share to all authenticated (and unauthenticated) clients. Therefore 
this issue is irrelevant to me. Furthermore, I want to organize some 
per-user directories (~/public_html for www, ~/storage for large files, 
and so on) in a separate location, and I can't do this without wide 
links. The restriction kills off my usage scenario.

When the abovementioned 'security' fixes were done, why weren't the 
developers content with just changing the defaults, and maybe printing a 
warning on startup? Why did they add this restriction without a way to 
turn it off? Should I file a bugreport to have these blockers removed?

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