Samba 4.13 Features added/changed

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Samba 4.13 is Maintenance Mode.

Samba 4.13.5

Release Notes for Samba 4.13.5
March 09, 2021

This is the latest stable release of the Samba 4.13 release series.

Changes since 4.13.4

  • Trever L. Adams <>
  • BUG #14634: s3:modules:vfs_virusfilter: Recent talloc changes cause infinite start-up failure.
  • Jeremy Allison <>
  • BUG #13992: s3: libsmb: Add missing cli_tdis() in error path if encryption setup failed on temp proxy connection.
  • BUG #14604: smbd: In conn_force_tdis_done() when forcing a connection closed force a full reload of services.
  • Andrew Bartlett <>
  • BUG #14593: dbcheck: Check Deleted Objects and reduce noise in reports about expired tombstones.
  • Ralph Boehme <
  • BUG #14503: s3: Fix fcntl waf configure check.
  • BUG #14602: s3/auth: Implement "winbind:ignore domains".
  • BUG #14617: smbd: Use fsp->conn->session_info for the initial delete-on-close token.
  • Peter Eriksson <>
  • BUG #14648: s3: VFS: nfs4_acls. Add missing TALLOC_FREE(frame) in error path.
  • Björn Jacke <>
  • BUG #14624: classicupgrade: Treat old never expires value right.
  • Volker Lendecke <>
  • BUG #14636: g_lock: Fix uninitalized variable reads.
  • Stefan Metzmacher <>
  • BUG #13898: s3:pysmbd: Fix fd leak in py_smbd_create_file().
  • Andreas Schneider <>
  • BUG #14625: lib:util: Avoid free'ing our own pointer.
  • Paul Wise <>
  • BUG #12505: HEIMDAL: krb5_storage_free(NULL) should work.
  Release Notes Samba 4.13.5.

Samba 4.13.4

Release Notes for Samba 4.13.4
January 26, 2021

This is the latest stable release of the Samba 4.13 release series.

Changes since 4.13.3

  • Jeremy Allison <>
  • BUG #14607: Work around special SMB2 IOCTL response behavior of NetApp Ontap 7.3.7.
  • BUG #14612: Temporary DFS share setup doesn't set case parameters in the same way as a regular share definition does.
  • Dimitry Andric <>
  • BUG #14605: lib: Avoid declaring zero-length VLAs in various messaging functions.
  • Andrew Bartlett <>
BUG #14579: Do not create an empty DB when accessing a sam.ldb.
  • Ralph Boehme <>
  • BUG #14596: vfs_fruit may close wrong backend fd.
  • BUG #14612: Temporary DFS share setup doesn't set case parameters in the same way as a regular share definition does.
  • Arne Kreddig <>
  • BUG #14606: vfs_virusfilter: Allocate separate memory for config char*.
  • Stefan Metzmacher <>
  • BUG #14596: vfs_fruit may close wrong backend fd.
  • BUG #14607: Work around special SMB2 IOCTL response behavior of NetApp Ontap 7.3.7.
  • Andreas Schneider <>
  • BUG #14601: The cache directory for the user gencache should be created recursively.
  • Martin Schwenke <>
  • BUG #14594: Be more flexible with repository names in CentOS 8 test environments.
 Release Notes Samba 4.13.4.

Samba 4.13.3

Release Notes for Samba 4.13.3
December 15, 2020

This is the latest stable release of the Samba 4.13 release series.

Changes since 4.13.2

  • Jeremy Allison <>
  • BUG #14210: libcli: smb2: Never print length if smb2_signing_key_valid() fails for crypto blob.
  • BUG #14486: s3: modules: gluster. Fix the error I made in preventing talloc leaks from a function.
  • BUG #14515: s3: smbd: Don't overwrite contents of fsp->aio_requests[0] with NULL via TALLOC_FREE().
  • BUG #14568: s3: spoolss: Make parameters in call to user_ok_token() match all other uses.
  • BUG #14590: s3: smbd: Quiet log messages from usershares for an unknown share.
  • Ralph Boehme <>
  • BUG #14248: samba process does not honor max log size.
  • BUG #14587: vfs_zfsacl: Add missing inherited flag on hidden "magic" everyone@ ACE.
  • Isaac Boukris <>
  • BUG #13124: s3-libads: Pass timeout to open_socket_out in ms.
  • Günther Deschner <>
  • BUG #14486: s3-vfs_glusterfs: Always disable write-behind translator.
  • Volker Lendecke <>
  • BUG #14517: smbclient: Fix recursive mget.
  • BUG #14581: clitar: Use do_list()'s recursion in clitar.c.
  • Anoop C S <>
  • BUG #14486: manpages/vfs_glusterfs: Mention silent skipping of write-behind translator.
  • BUG #14573: vfs_shadow_copy2: Preserve all open flags assuming ROFS.
  • Jones Syue <>
  • BUG #14514: interface: Fix if_index is not parsed correctly.
 Release Notes Samba 4.13.3.

Samba 4.13.2

Release Notes for Samba 4.13.2
November 03, 2020

This is the latest stable release of the Samba 4.13 release series.

Major enhancements include:

  • BUG #14537: ctdb-common: Avoid aliasing errors during code optimization.
  • BUG #14486: vfs_glusterfs: Avoid data corruption with the write-behind translator.


The GlusterFS write-behind performance translator, when used with Samba, could be a source of data corruption. The translator, while processing a write call, immediately returns success but continues writing the data to the server in the background. This can cause data corruption when two clients relying on Samba to provide data consistency are operating on the same file.

The write-behind translator is enabled by default on GlusterFS. The vfs_glusterfs plugin will check for the presence of the translator and refuse to connect if detected. Please disable the write-behind translator for the GlusterFS volume to allow the plugin to connect to the volume.

Changes since 4.13.1

  • Jeremy Allison <>
  • BUG #14486: s3: modules: vfs_glusterfs: Fix leak of char **lines onto mem_ctx on return.
  • Ralph Boehme <>
  • BUG #14471: RN: vfs_zfsacl: Only grant DELETE_CHILD if ACL tag is special.
  • Alexander Bokovoy <>
  • BUG #14538: smb.conf.5: Add clarification how configuration changes reflected by Samba.
  • BUG #14552: daemons: Report status to systemd even when running in foreground.
  • BUG #14553: DNS Resolver: Support both dnspython before and after 2.0.0.
  • Günther Deschner <>
  • BUG #14486: s3-vfs_glusterfs: Refuse connection when write-behind xlator is present.
  • Amitay Isaacs <>
  • BUG #14487: provision: Add support for BIND 9.16.x.
  • BUG #14537: ctdb-common: Avoid aliasing errors during code optimization.
  • BUG #14541: libndr: Avoid assigning duplicate versions to symbols.
  • Björn Jacke <>
  • BUG #14522: docs: Fix default value of spoolss:architecture.
  • Laurent Menase <>
  • Stefan Metzmacher <>
  • BUG #14531: s4:dsdb:acl_read: Implement "List Object" mode feature.
  • Sachin Prabhu <>
  • BUG #14486: docs-xml/manpages: Add warning about write-behind translator for vfs_glusterfs.
  • Khem Raj <>
  • nsswitch/nsstest.c: Avoid nss function conflicts with glibc nss.h.
  • Anoop C S <>
  • BUG #14530: vfs_shadow_copy2: Avoid closing snapsdir twice.
  • Andreas Schneider <>
  • BUG #14547: third_party: Update resolv_wrapper to version 1.1.7.
  • BUG #14550: examples:auth: Do not install example plugin.
  • Martin Schwenke <>
  • BUG #14513: ctdb-recoverd: Drop unnecessary and broken code.
  • Andrew Walker <>
  • BUG #14471: RN: vfs_zfsacl: Only grant DELETE_CHILD if ACL tag is special.
Release Notes Samba 4.13.2.

Samba 4.13.1

Release Notes for Samba 4.13.1
October 29, 2020

This is a security release in order to address the following defects:

  • CVE-2020-14318: Missing handle permissions check in SMB1/2/3 ChangeNotify.
  • CVE-2020-14323: Unprivileged user can crash winbind.
  • CVE-2020-14383: An authenticated user can crash the DCE/RPC DNS with easily crafted records.


The SMB1/2/3 protocols have a concept of "ChangeNotify", where a client can request file name notification on a directory handle when a condition such as "new file creation" or "file size change" or "file timestamp update" occurs.
A missing permissions check on a directory handle requesting ChangeNotify meant that a client with a directory handle open only for FILE_READ_ATTRIBUTES (minimal access rights) could be used to obtain change notify replies from the server. These replies contain information that should not be available to directory handles open for FILE_READ_ATTRIBUTE only.
winbind in version 3.6 and later implements a request to translate multiple Windows SIDs into names in one request. This was done for performance reasons: The Microsoft RPC call domain controllers offer to do this translation, so it was an obvious extension to also offer this batch operation on the winbind unix domain stream socket that is available to local processes on the Samba server.
Due to improper input validation a hand-crafted packet can make winbind perform a NULL pointer dereference and thus crash.
Some DNS records (such as MX and NS records) usually contain data in the additional section. Samba's dnsserver RPC pipe (which is an administrative interface not used in the DNS server itself) made an error in handling the case where there are no records present: instead of noticing the lack of records, it dereferenced uninitialised memory, causing the RPC server to crash. This RPC server, which also serves protocols other than dnsserver, will be restarted after a short delay, but it is easy for an authenticated non-admin attacker to crash it again as soon as it returns. The Samba DNS server itself will continue to operate, but many RPC services will not.

For more details, please refer to the security advisories.

Changes since 4.13

o Jeremy Allison <>

  • BUG #14434: CVE-2020-14318: s3: smbd: Ensure change notifies can't get set unless the directory handle is open for SEC_DIR_LIST.
  • Douglas Bagnall <>
  • Volker Lendecke <>
Release Notes Samba 4.13.1.

Samba 4.13

Release Notes for Samba 4.13
September 22, 2020

Release Announcements

This is the first stable release of the Samba 4.13 release series. Please read the release notes carefully before upgrading.


Please avoid to set "server schannel = no" and "server schannel= auto" on all Samba domain controllers due to the wellknown ZeroLogon issue.

For details please see



Python 3.6 or later required

Samba's minimum runtime requirement for python was raised to Python 3.5 with samba 4.12. Samba 4.13 raises this minimum version to Python 3.6 both to access new features and because this is the oldest version we test with in our CI infrastructure.

This is also the last release where it will be possible to build Samba (just the file server) with Python versions 2.6 and 2.7.

As Python 2.7 has been End Of Life upstream since April 2020, Samba is dropping ALL Python 2.x support in the NEXT release.

Samba 4.14 to be released in March 2021 will require Python 3.6 or later to build.

wide links functionality

For this release, the code implementing the insecure "wide links = yes" functionality has been moved out of the core smbd code and into a separate VFS module, vfs_widelinks. Currently this vfs module is implicitly loaded by smbd as the last but one module before vfs_default if "wide links = yes" is enabled on the share (note, the existing restrictions on enabling wide links around the SMB1 "unix extensions" and the "allow insecure wide links" parameters are still in force). The implicit loading was done to allow existing users of "wide links = yes" to keep this functionality without having to make a change to existing working smb.conf files.

Please note that the Samba developers recommend changing any Samba installations that currently use "wide links = yes" to use bind mounts as soon as possible, as "wide links = yes" is an inherently insecure configuration which we would like to remove from Samba. Moving the feature into a VFS module allows this to be done in a cleaner way in future.

A future release to be determined will remove this implicit linkage, causing administrators who need this functionality to have to explicitly add the vfs_widelinks module into the "vfs objects =" parameter lists. The release notes will be updated to note this change when it occurs.

NT4-like 'classic' Samba domain controllers

Samba 4.13 deprecates Samba's original domain controller mode.

Sites using Samba as a Domain Controller should upgrade from the NT4-like 'classic' Domain Controller to a Samba Active Directory DC to ensure full operation with modern windows clients.

SMBv1 only protocol options deprecated

A number of smb.conf parameters for less-secure authentication methods which are only possible over SMBv1 are deprecated in this release.


The deprecated "ldap ssl ads" smb.conf option has been removed.

smb.conf changes

 Parameter Name                     Description                Default
 --------------                     -----------                -------
 ldap ssl ads                       removed
 smb2 disable lock sequence checking				No
 domain logons                      Deprecated                 no
 raw NTLMv2 auth                    Deprecated                 no
 client plaintext auth              Deprecated                 no
 client NTLMv2 auth                 Deprecated                 yes
 client lanman auth                 Deprecated                 no
 client use spnego                  Deprecated                 yes
 server schannel                    To be removed in 4.13.0
 server require schannel:COMPUTER   Added


  • Jeremy Allison <>
  • BUG #14497: CVE-2020-1472(ZeroLogon): s3:rpc_server/netlogon: Protect netr_ServerPasswordSet2 against unencrypted passwords.
  • Günther Deschner <>
  • BUG #14497: CVE-2020-1472(ZeroLogon): s3:rpc_server/netlogon: Support "server require schannel:WORKSTATION$ = no" about unsecure configurations.
  • Gary Lockyer <>
  • Stefan Metzmacher <>
  • BUG #14497: CVE-2020-1472(ZeroLogon): libcli/auth: Reject weak client challenges in netlogon_creds_server_init() "server require schannel:WORKSTATION$ = no".


  • Andreas Schneider <>
  • BUG #14399: waf: Only use gnutls_aead_cipher_encryptv2() for GnuTLS > 3.6.14.
  • BUG #14467: s3:smbd: Fix %U substitutions if it contains a domain name.
  • BUG #14479: The created krb5.conf for 'net ads join' doesn't have a domain entry.
  • Stefan Metzmacher <>
  • BUG #14482: Fix build problem if libbsd-dev is not installed.


  • David Disseldorp <ddiss at>
  • BUG #14437: build: Toggle vfs_snapper using "--with-shared-modules".
  • Volker Lendecke <vl at>
  • BUG #14465: idmap_ad does not deal properly with a RFC4511 section 4.4.1 response.
  • Stefan Metzmacher <metze at>
  • BUG #14428: PANIC: Assert failed in get_lease_type().
  • BUG #14465: idmap_ad does not deal properly with a RFC4511 section 4.4.1


  • Andrew Bartlett <>
  • BUG #14460: Deprecate domain logons, SMBv1 things.
  • Günther Deschner <>
  • Christof Schmitt <>
  • BUG #14166: util: Allow symlinks in directory_create_or_exist.
  • Martin Schwenke <>
  • BUG #14466: ctdb disable/enable can fail due to race condition.


  • Andrew Bartlett <abartlet at>
  • BUG #14450: dbcheck: Allow a dangling forward link outside our known NCs.
  • Isaac Boukris <iboukris at>
  • BUG #14462: Remove deprecated "ldap ssl ads" smb.conf option.
  • Volker Lendecke <vl at>
  • BUG #14435: winbind: Fix lookuprids cache problem.
  • Stefan Metzmacher <metze at>
  • BUG #14354: kdc:db-glue: Ignore KRB5_PROG_ETYPE_NOSUPP also for Primary:Kerberos.
  • Andreas Schneider <asn at>
  • BUG #14358: docs: Fix documentation for require_membership_of of pam_winbind.conf.
  • Martin Schwenke <martin at>
  • BUG #14444: ctdb-scripts: Use nfsconf as a last resort get nfsd thread count.



 Release Notes Samba 4.13.0.