There are various requirements for full POSIX compatibility, and other requirements which although not strictly POSIX (such as support for symlinks and the fallocate system call) are common in Linux and various Unix variants and useful to applications. The goal is to implement emulation strategies and extensions to the SMB3 protocol which are as small as reasonably possible but implement the most important of these missing features, allowing the network file system to appear nearly identical to a local file system to users and the applications they run, without creating unacceptable performance or configuration problems.
In this document POSIX CC stands for POSIX Create Context which is a chunk of data that can be optionally included in a Create request/response.
The general requirements for SMB3 POSIX extensions include the following:
POSIX mode bits
The primitive 0777 bits used to control who can access a file.
Can now be set on creation via the POSIX CC.
Emulatable via the "cifsacl" (cifs.ko mount option for cifs which pulls them from the server's "RichACL" (NTFS/SMB3/NFSv4). Using an approach similar to the "NFSv4 mode ACE" may be helpful as well. Prototype not complete. SMB3_SetACL and SMB3_GetACL worker functions for Linux's cifs.ko have been prototyped but not reviewed yet.
POSIX file ownership
UID and GID owners. Windows typically only has one or the other, and expresses them as global "SIDs" with longer UUIDs rather than locally defined UIDs.
See POSIX mode bits status.
Windows now has the concept of reparse points. Can this be reused in SMB somehow?
Use the "mfsymlinks" approach used by Apple among others. Implemented in cifs.ko. Will be in kernel 3.18 and later. Should be backportable to earlier kernels.
Files opened with the POSIX Create Context get POSIX semantics, including case sensitivity.
No reserved path characters
Mapping 7 reserved characters (not allowed in SMB3/CIFS/NTFS/Windows but allowed in POSIX). They include: * ? < > : | \
There are 2 ways to do this:
- Send the path unmodified with a POSIX CC
- Map the reserved characters to an unreserved but "invalid" unicode range. 2 mappings already exist:
- Microsoft's "SFU" (SUA) mapping
- Apple's "SFM" mapping.
The SFU mapping is available in CIFS (and SMB3 in 3.18) with the "mapchars" mount option but we plan to use the Apple ("SFM") mapping approach by default in 3.18 kernel and later (Samba requires the "vfs_fruit" module to implement the Apple mapping of the seven reserved characters).
mkfifo and mknod
These are emulated using the same approach that Microsoft SFU and others did. Uses the "sfu" mount option (available in 3.18 kernel or later).
- unlink: deleting an open file, removing it from the namespace, occurs in POSIX but not Windows
- rename: renaming a directories that has open files, perfectly legal in POSIX but not in Windows (even recursivley)
Emulatable over SMB3 for most cases (using "delete on close" and using an approach like "nfs silly rename"). 3.18 kernel will better handle these but "POSIX Create Context" are still likely to be required for a few use cases.
POSIX byte range locks
POSIX "advisory" byte range locks (SMB3 allows Windows style "mandatory" byte range locks). POSIX locks are also merged when they overlap, and all locks are released on file close making them both confusing to use (locally on Linux file systems, and even more so over network file systems) and more difficult to emulate. Although many dislike the POSIX byte range lock behavior, their implementation in SMB3 would help some applications.
POSIX CC will enable POSIX flavor of locks on the handle.
Emulated via mandatory locks today, and can also be "local only" (with a cifs.ko mount option "nobrl").
More information returned in stat() syscall
- Slight differences in "stat" system call (and the mode/ownership information noted above)
- Additional information returned on the statfs" system call:
f_files; /* total file nodes in file system */
f_ffree; /* free file nodes in fs */
- stat: Use POSIX information level to get additional stat fields in QUERY INFO and FIND requests.
- statfs: fields still missing
POSIX ACL support
Linux implements an ACL model for local file systems which is less complex than the more common "RichACLs" (ie NFSv4 or NTFS/SMB/SMB3 ACLs) but easier to understand.
Could be mapped to SMB3/NTFS RichACLs which are a superset of POSIX ACLs. Also could be handled via "POSIX Create Context".
Many fallocate options are available, most but not all are mappable to various existing SMB3 ioctls.
Partially implemented already, and also a few other new Linux syscalls which are not broadly implemented: more research needed.
POSIX extension wire protocol status
As of 25-05-2018 from JRA's master-smb2 branch. Note that all integers are in Little-Endian.
Actual length/fields not decided yet, use the context data length field.
For client requests
New create context. If a file is open with this context, the handle gets POSIX_SEMANTICS flag set.
- Context tag:
- Context payload size: 4 bytes
Unix perm mode to be used for the new file/dir. The bits used are as follow (note the values are in octal):
#define UNIX_X_OTH 0000001 #define UNIX_W_OTH 0000002 #define UNIX_R_OTH 0000004 #define UNIX_X_GRP 0000010 #define UNIX_W_GRP 0000020 #define UNIX_R_GRP 0000040 #define UNIX_X_USR 0000100 #define UNIX_W_USR 0000200 #define UNIX_R_USR 0000400 #define UNIX_STICKY 0001000 #define UNIX_SET_GID 0002000 #define UNIX_SET_UID 0004000
For server responses
The server can respond to CREATE request with this POSIX context too (same context tag).
- Context payload size: Variable.
- 12 + 2*(8 + 4*sid->num_auths) bytes
- Maximum of 15 sub_auth => max length = 12 + 2*68 = 148 bytes
u32 SMB_STRUCT_STAT->st_ex_nlink // number of hardlinks u32 FILE_FLAG_REPARSE // "reparse_tag" u32 unix_perms_to_wire(SMB_STRUCT_STAT->st_ex_mode & ~S_IFMT) sid sid_owner sid sid_group
A sid is encoded as follow:
u8 sid_rev_num u8 num_auths (range 0-15) buf id_auth (6 bytes) [u32 sub_uath] * num_auths
New info level requestable via GETINFO or FIND. The payload contains a POSIX Create Context response at the end.
- Level value:
- Payload length: Variable.
- 68 + POSIXCreateContextResponse (see above)
- Max = 68 + 148 = 216
u64 put_long_date_timespec(SMB_STRUCT_STAT->st_ex_btime) // birth u64 put_long_date_timespec(SMB_STRUCT_STAT->st_ex_atime) // access u64 put_long_date_timespec(SMB_STRUCT_STAT->st_ex_mtime) // last write u64 put_long_date_timespec(SMB_STRUCT_STAT->st_ex_ctime) // change u64 # bytes used on disk u64 file size u32 dos attributes u64 inode u32 SMB_STRUCT_STAT->st_ex_dev // device ID u32 zero POSIXCreateContextResponse (size=up to 148 bytes)
For FIND (directory listing) there is some extra data at the start (offset to the next directory entry) and the file name at the end:
u32 next_offset u32 ignored POSIXInformation u32 file_name_byte_count utf16 file_name (NOT UTF8!)
POSIX extensions codepaths in samba
SMB2_OP_QUERY_DIRECTORY: smbd_smb2_request_process_query_directory smbd_smb2_query_directory_send smbd_dirptr_lanman2_entry smbd_marshall_dir_entry store_smb2_posix_info <--- sends next_offset + info + posix cc rsp + filename (length + utf16) smb2_posix_cc_info
SMB2_OP_GETINFO: smbd_smb2_getinfo_send smbd_do_qfilepathinfo store_smb2_posix_info <--- sends info + posix cc rsp smb2_posix_cc_info
SMB2_OP_CREATE: smbd_smb2_create_send smbd_smb2_create_after_exec smb2_posix_cc_info <--- sends POSIX create context resp