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Two on New Samba Security Release

Mar 18, 2003, 14:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert Lemos, Jeremy Allison)

CNET News: Linux Firms Look to Plug Samba Hole

"The open-source community is pushing customers to patch their systems to close a hole in a software component that allows Windows programs to store and retrieve files on Linux and Unix servers...

"'We know of one site that may have been compromised by this,' said Jeremy Allison, co-author of Samba. 'That's what precipitated the release...'"

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Samba.org: The Samba Team announces Samba 2.2.8

[ Thanks to Jeremy Allison for this link. ]

"The SuSE security audit team, in particular Sebastian Krahmer, has found a flaw in the Samba main smbd code which could allow an external attacker to remotely and anonymously gain Super User (root) privileges on a server running a Samba server.

"This flaw exists in previous versions of Samba from 2.0.x to 2.2.7a inclusive. This is a serious problem and all sites should either upgrade to Samba 2.2.8 immediately or prohibit access to TCP ports 139 and 445. Advice created by Andrew Tridgell, the leader of the Samba Team, on how to protect an unpatched Samba server is given at the end of this section.

"The SMB/CIFS protocol implemented by Samba is vulnerable to many attacks, even without specific security holes. The TCP ports 139 and the new port 445 (used by Win2k and the Samba 3.0 alpha code in particular) should never be exposed to untrusted networks..."

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