[Samba] Wide links and insecure wide links

Stilez stilezy at gmail.com
Wed Feb 28 20:36:14 UTC 2018

Thank you.

So, If I understand correctly, "ordinary" "wide links = yes", means Samba 
*will* traverse an existing symlink that points outside the root of the 
share, if permissions allow. However because it *also* disables SMB1 Unix 
extensions, it *also* prevents the user from creating or modifying symlinks 
on the share, so in wffect it inherently prevents this being exploited 
unless an insecure symlink already exists or is created by some *other* 
route. And thus, that enabling "insecure" wide links simply  removes that 

If that's right, my clarification questions are

1) does this mean that configs containing "ordinary" wide link = yes might 
become a risk, when SMB2 style functionality eventually lands, or will it 
presumably be mitigated or remain unchanged from a security perspective at 
that time, as far as is known?

2) when you say in your reply, that "ordinary" wide links enabled  "means 
the server will follow symlinks **on the file system*" that point outside 
the root of the share definition", do you in fact mean that it is also 
barred from crossing a device boundary onto another device (similar to 
"ls|rm|find -x", using stat to determine same file system), or something 
else (in which case what?)

Thanks for the help!

Last thing - how can this helpful info added to smb.conf doc/man pages 
where it might help others?


On 28 February 2018 19:48:37 Jeremy Allison <jra at samba.org> wrote:

> On Wed, Feb 28, 2018 at 07:30:45PM +0000, Stilez wrote:
>> Thanks - that much I (pretty much) got.
>> Its really the "wide links" option that isn't well distinguished/clarified.
>> *insecure* wide links is much more clear, although the detail you've given
>> helps a lot.
>> What exactly is the "ordinary" "wide links = yes" option going to do (with
>> or without Unix extensions), and how does it compare/how much exposure to
>> mischief does it expose?
> "ordinary" "wide links = yes" means the
> server will follow symlinks on the file
> system that point outside the root of the
> share definition. If set to off (default),
> the server will refuse to follow symlinks
> that point outside of the root of the
> share definition, but will follow symlinks
> that point within the share.
> If this is turned on, it disables SMB1
> unix extensions (which allow symlinks
> to be created by the client) unless
> "insecure wide links" is *also* turned
> on.

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