Samba 4.10 Features added/changed

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Samba 4.10.0rc1

Release Notes for Samba 4.10.0rc1
December 20, 2018

Release Announcements

This is the first release candidate of Samba 4.10. This is *not* intended for production environments and is designed for testing purposes only. Please report any defects via the Samba bug reporting system at https://bugzilla.samba.org/.

Samba 4.10 will be the next version of the Samba suite.


UPGRADING

NEW FEATURES/CHANGES

GPO Improvements

A new 'samba-tool gpo export' command has been added that can export a set of Group Policy Objects from a domain in a generalised XML format.

A corresponding 'samba-tool gpo restore' command has been added to rebuild the Group Policy Objects from the XML after generalization. (The administrator needs to correct the values of XML entities between the backup and restore to account for the change in domain).

kdc prefork

The KDC now supports the pre-fork process model and worker processes will be forked for the KDC when the pre-fork process model is selected for samba.

prefork 'prefork children'

The default value for this smdb.conf parameter has been increased from 1 to 4.

netlogon prefork

DCERPC now supports pre-forked NETLOGON processes. The netlogon processes are pre-forked when the prefork process model is selected for samba.

Offline domain backups

The 'samba-tool domain backup' command has been extended with a new 'offline' option. This safely creates a backup of the local DC's database directly from disk. The main benefits of an offline backup are it's quicker, it stores more database details (for forensic purposes), and the samba process does not have to be running when the backup is made. Refer to the samba-tool help for more details on using this command.

Group membership statistics

A new 'samba-tool group stats' command has been added. This provides summary information about how the users are spread across groups in your domain. The 'samba-tool group list --verbose' command has also been updated to include the number of users in each group.

prefork process restart

The pre-fork process model now restarts failed processes. The delay between restart attempts is controlled by the "prefork backoff increment" (default = 10) and "prefork maximum backoff" (default = 120) smbd.conf parameters. A linear back off strategy is used with "prefork backoff increment" added to the delay between restart attempts up until it reaches "prefork maximum backoff".

Using the default sequence the restart delays (in seconds) are:

0, 10, 20, ..., 120, 120, ...

standard process model

When using the standard process model samba forks a new process to handle ldap and netlogon connections. Samba now honours the 'max smbd processes' smb.conf parameter. The default value of 0, indicates there is no limit. The limit is applied individually to netlogon and ldap. When the process limit is exceeded Samba drops new connections immediately.

python3 support

The version of python which is now the default for samba is python3. 'configure' & 'make' will execute using python3. It is possible to still specify an additional python version with '--extra-python' e.g. '--extra-python=/usr/bin/python2'. It should be noted that support for this option will be deprecated in a future release.

What if I need to build with python2? To build with python2 you *must* set the 'PYTHON' environent variable to override the python3 default for both 'configure' and 'make' steps.

  'PYTHON=python2 ./configure.developer'
&
  'PYTHON=python2 make'
Note: Support for python2 (with the exception of a build configured with
'PYTHON=python2 ./configure --disable-python' and built with '
PYTHON=python2 make') will be deprecated in the next release.

JSON logging

Authentication messages now contain the Windows Event Id "eventId" and logon type "logonType". The supported event codes and logon types are:

Event codes:
4624 Successful logon
4625 Unsuccessful logon
Logon Types:
2 Interactive
3 Network
8 NetworkCleartext

The version number for Authentication messages is now 1.1, changed from 1.0

Password change messages now contain the Windows Event Id "eventId", the supported event Id's are:

4723 Password changed
4724 Password reset

The version number for PasswordChange messages is now 1.1, changed from 1.0

Group membership change messages now contain the Windows Event Id "eventId", the supported event Id's are:

4728 A member was added to a security enabled global group
4729 A member was removed from a security enabled global group
4732 A member was added to a security enabled local group
4733 A member was removed from a security enabled local group
4746 A member was added to a security disabled local group
4747 A member was removed from a security disabled local group
4751 A member was added to a security disabled global group
4752 A member was removed from a security disabled global group
4756 A member was added to a security enabled universal group
4757 A member was removed from a security enabled universal group
4761 A member was added to a security disabled universal group
4762 A member was removed from a security disabled universal group


The version number for GroupChange messages is now 1.1, changed from 1.0. Also A GroupChange message is generated when a new user is created to log that the user has been added to their primary group.

The leading "JSON <message type>:" and source file prefix of the JSON formatted log entries has been removed to make the parsing of the JSON log messages easier. JSON log entries now start with 2 spaces followed by an opening brace i.e. " {"

REMOVED FEATURES

MIT Kerberos build of the AD DC

While not removed, the MIT Kerberos build of the Samba AD DC is still considered experimental. Because Samba will not issue security patches for this configuration, such builds now require the explicit configure option: --with-experimental-mit-ad-dc

For further details see Running_a_Samba_AD_DC_with_MIT_Kerberos_KDC

samba_backup

The samba_backup script has been removed. This has now been replaced by the 'samba-tool domain backup offline' command.

smb.conf changes

 Parameter Name                     Description                Default
 --------------                     -----------                -------
 prefork backoff increment   Delay added to process restart    10 (seconds)
                             between attempts.
 prefork maximum backoff     Maximum delay for process between 120 (seconds)
                             process restart attempts
 smbd search ask sharemode   Name changed, old name was
                             "smbd:search ask sharemode"
 smbd async dosmode          Name changed, old name was
                             "smbd:async dosmode"
 smbd max async dosmode      Name changed, old name was
                             "smbd:max async dosmode"
 smbd getinfo ask sharemode  New: similar to "smbd search ask  yes
                             sharemode" but for SMB getinfo

KNOWN ISSUES

Release_Planning_for_Samba_4.10#Release_blocking_bugs

 https://download.samba.org/pub/samba/rc/samba-4.10.0rc1.WHATSNEW.txt