[Samba] SMB2: several "Create Request File" for files like .trash or .hidden

Bernd Lentes bernd.lentes at helmholtz-muenchen.de
Tue Sep 19 20:28:52 UTC 2023


I'm completely new to Samba, so sorry for some stupid questions.
I did some network sniffing and ran the pcap files against Suricata (an IDS).
It created some alerts "ET POLICY SMB2 NT Create AndX Request For a DLL File - Possible Lateral Movement".
I tried to examine these packets with wireshark. Not all of them have to do with a .dll.
But I find something strange. In other packets I found some "Create Request File" for files like .hidden or .trash.
The request was made with the following disposition: Disposition: Open (if file exists open it, else fail) (1).
So it was looking for files named .hidden or .trash.
I was connected to the Samba Server with SLES 15 SP5 and the respective smb client.

Is the behaviour "searching for files named .hidden or .trash" normal for a smb client or is there something/someone examing our SMB server very profoundly ?




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