[Pkg-samba-maint] home shares enabled by default?
mathiaz at ubuntu.com
Wed Dec 5 17:55:23 UTC 2007
On Wed, Dec 05, 2007 at 10:28:03AM +0530, Christian Perrier wrote:
> Quoting Steve Langasek (vorlon at debian.org):
> > In https://launchpad.net/bugs/27608, security is one of the issues
> > contributing to Ubuntu disabling [homes] by default, but there are others.
> I don't really see that bug as a security issue, but more confusion
> induced by the homes share being enabled and the user creating another
> share with his login name as share name.
Agreed. This bug is more about usability than a real security issue.
> > Would it be appropriate to comment out the [homes] shares to match the
> > Windows default behavior, or do you guys think that the Samba upstream
> > behavior is correct?
> Well, given that "home" directories for Windows users are quite a
> different concept and, indeed, most of them being network shares in
> corporate environements (to allow roaming), I think that this argument
> has low weight.
> I'm not really keen to change the default and no longer share home
> directories as long as upstream still shares them by default.
The default behavior of samba stands out when you compared it with the
default setup of nfs. When nfs is installed, nothing is shared by
default. To be more general, you can also consider the default webdav
installation from apache2: the module can be loaded, but you still have
to define which directory should be shared.
It seems odd to me that samba shares the home directories by default
when the general policy seems to start a service with a minimal working
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