[Samba] The wisdom - or otherwise - of replacing outright rather than merely appending to the example smb.conf file shipped with SAMBA during new server commissioning?

Stephen stephen at ogdenradar.com
Tue Apr 16 12:00:47 UTC 2019

Thanks very  much for your advice Rowland and Louis. Much appreciated.


On 16/04/2019 11:40, Stephen via samba wrote:
> I have a general question regarding smb.conf and I was hoping that 
> some of the rather more knowledgeable and experienced people here 
> could please comment please?
> I am currently setting my various SAMBA systems up via some 
> shell-scripts. Within these scripts, I remove the stock smb.conf 
> shipped with Samba and replace this with an empty smb.conf file to 
> which I add my own configuration options afterwards. Obviously I COULD 
> instead simply append my changes to the existing file. However 
> currently i just remove the existing smb.conf and start again with a 
> blank file because the alternative seemed like more hassle!
> Am I potentially risking the security of my systems by replacing the 
> stock smb.conf shipped with Samba in this way? Obviously doing what I 
> have just described will erase all the default configuration settings 
> shipped in the installation.
> Are any of the shipped default configuration parameters essential to 
> have from a security perspective? Am I doing something stupid here?
> Thanks
> Stephen Ellwood

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