CAN-2004-0815: Potential Arbitrary File Access in Samba 2.2.x <=2.2.11 and 3.0.x <= 3.0.2a

Subject:	Potential Arbitrary File Access
CVE #:		CAN-2004-0815
Versions:	Samba 2.2.x <= 2.2.11 and Samba 3.0.x <= 3.0.2a

Summary:	A remote attacker may be able to gain access
		to files which exist outside of the share's
		defined path. Such files must still be readable
		by the account used for the connection.

Patch Availability
The patch for Samba 3.0.2a and earlier releases 3.0.x
(samba-3.0.2a-reduce_name.patch) can be downloaded

Samba 2.2.12 has been released to specifically address
this bug.


A bug in the input validation routines used to convert DOS
path names to path names on the Samba host's file system
may be exploited to gain access to files outside of the
share's path defined by smb.conf.

Protecting Unpatched Servers

Samba file shares with 'wide links = no' (a non-default setting)
in the service definition in smb.conf are *not* vulnerable to
this attack.

The Samba Team always encourages users to run the latest stable
release as a defense of against attacks.  However, under certain
circumstances it may not be possible to immediately upgrade
important installations.  In such cases, administrators should
read the "Server Security" documentation found at


Both security issues were reported to Samba developers by
iDEFENSE (  Karol Wiesek is credited
with this discovery.

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