[Samba] symlinks loop detection in Samba?

Ralph Boehme slow at samba.org
Mon Jan 18 13:33:59 UTC 2021

Am 1/18/21 um 2:12 PM schrieb Giuseppe Lo Presti:
> On 18/01/2021 11:58, Ralph Boehme wrote:
>> Am 1/18/21 um 11:41 AM schrieb Giuseppe Lo Presti via samba:
>>> Following an old thread at [1] I wonder whether there's been any 
>>> thought/plan to implement symbolic links loop detection in smbd.
>> what do you mean? smbd will detect loops because the kernel tells us 
>> about loops with ELOOP.
> Well, that's what I hoped, but facts match what Jeremy mentioned at the 
> time:
>  > the clients will see them [symlinks] as nested directories and request
>  > the server to follow them until the OS runs out of recursion
>  > depth and returns errors.
> So no ELOOP is triggered, and requests just keep piling up from the client.
> To reproduce, just create a link to '.' in a shared folder with `follow 
> symlinks = yes` and look at its properties from Windows (or copy it 
> over, but be ready to clean up the mess afterwards...).

I see the following:

$ ls -l /srv/samba/test/dir
total 0
lrwxrwxrwx. 1 slow slow 1 Jan 18 14:15 link -> .


Works. Add another path component "link/" and we hit the kernel limit:

$ ls 
ls: cannot access 
Too many levels of symbolic links

Now smbclient:

smb: \> ls 
   .                                   D        0  Mon Jan 18 14:29:10 2021
   ..                                  D        0  Mon Jan 18 14:29:10 2021

                 102687672 blocks of size 1024. 57521480 blocks available

Add another "link/":

smb: \> ls 

So I see the same expected behaviour over SMB as locally with ELOOP 


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