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The CIFS VFS support for Linux supports many advanced network filesystem 
features such as hierarchical dfs like namespace, hardlinks, locking and more.  
It was designed to comply with the SNIA CIFS Technical Reference (which 
supersedes the 1992 X/Open SMB Standard) as well as to perform best practice 
practical interoperability with Windows 2000, Windows XP, Samba and equivalent 
servers.  This code was developed in participation with the Protocol Freedom
Information Foundation.

Please see and
for more details.

For questions or bug reports please contact: ( 

Build instructions:
For Linux 2.4:
1) Get the kernel source (e.g.from
and download the cifs vfs source (see the project page
and change directory into the top of the kernel directory
then patch the kernel (e.g. "patch -p1 < cifs_24.patch") 
to add the cifs vfs to your kernel configure options if
it has not already been added (e.g. current SuSE and UL
users do not need to apply the cifs_24.patch since the cifs vfs is
already in the kernel configure menu) and then
mkdir linux/fs/cifs and then copy the current cifs vfs files from
the cifs download to your kernel build directory e.g.

	cp <cifs_download_dir>/fs/cifs/* to <kernel_download_dir>/fs/cifs
2) make menuconfig (or make xconfig)
3) select cifs from within the network filesystem choices
4) save and exit
5) make dep
6) make modules (or "make" if CIFS VFS not to be built as a module)

For Linux 2.6:
1) Download the kernel (e.g. from
and change directory into the top of the kernel directory tree
(e.g. /usr/src/linux-2.5.73)
2) make menuconfig (or make xconfig)
3) select cifs from within the network filesystem choices
4) save and exit
5) make

Installation instructions:
If you have built the CIFS vfs as module (successfully) simply
type "make modules_install" (or if you prefer, manually copy the file to
the modules directory e.g. /lib/modules/2.4.10-4GB/kernel/fs/cifs/cifs.o).

If you have built the CIFS vfs into the kernel itself, follow the instructions
for your distribution on how to install a new kernel (usually you
would simply type "make install").

If you do not have the utility mount.cifs (in the Samba 3.0 source tree and on 
the CIFS VFS web site) copy it to the same directory in which mount.smbfs and 
similar files reside (usually /sbin).  Although the helper software is not  
required, mount.cifs is recommended.  Eventually the Samba 3.0 utility program 
"net" may also be helpful since it may someday provide easier mount syntax for
users who are used to Windows e.g.
	net use <mount point> <UNC name or cifs URL>
Note that running the Winbind pam/nss module (logon service) on all of your
Linux clients is useful in mapping Uids and Gids consistently across the
domain to the proper network user.  The mount.cifs mount helper can be
trivially built from Samba 3.0 or later source e.g. by executing:

	gcc samba/source/client/mount.cifs.c -o mount.cifs

If cifs is built as a module, then the size and number of network buffers
and maximum number of simultaneous requests to one server can be configured.
Changing these from their defaults is not recommended. By executing modinfo
	modinfo kernel/fs/cifs/cifs.ko
on kernel/fs/cifs/cifs.ko the list of configuration changes that can be made
at module initialization time (by running insmod cifs.ko) can be seen.

Allowing User Mounts
To permit users to mount and unmount over directories they own is possible
with the cifs vfs.  A way to enable such mounting is to mark the mount.cifs
utility as suid (e.g. "chmod +s /sbin/mount.cifs). To enable users to 
umount shares they mount requires
1) mount.cifs version 1.4 or later
2) an entry for the share in /etc/fstab indicating that a user may
unmount it e.g.
//server/usersharename  /mnt/username cifs user 0 0

Note that when the mount.cifs utility is run suid (allowing user mounts), 
in order to reduce risks, the "nosuid" mount flag is passed in on mount to
disallow execution of an suid program mounted on the remote target.
When mount is executed as root, nosuid is not passed in by default,
and execution of suid programs on the remote target would be enabled
by default. This can be changed, as with nfs and other filesystems, 
by simply specifying "nosuid" among the mount options. For user mounts 
though to be able to pass the suid flag to mount requires rebuilding 
mount.cifs with the following flag: 
        gcc samba/source/client/mount.cifs.c -DCIFS_ALLOW_USR_SUID -o mount.cifs

There is a corresponding manual page for cifs mounting in the Samba 3.0 and
later source tree in docs/manpages/mount.cifs.8 

Allowing User Unmounts
To permit users to ummount directories that they have user mounted (see above),
the utility umount.cifs may be used.  It may be invoked directly, or if 
umount.cifs is placed in /sbin, umount can invoke the cifs umount helper
(at least for most versions of the umount utility) for umount of cifs
mounts, unless umount is invoked with -i (which will avoid invoking a umount
helper). As with mount.cifs, to enable user unmounts umount.cifs must be marked
as suid (e.g. "chmod +s /sbin/umount.cifs") or equivalent (some distributions
allow adding entries to a file to the /etc/permissions file to achieve the
equivalent suid effect).  For this utility to succeed the target path
must be a cifs mount, and the uid of the current user must match the uid
of the user who mounted the resource.

Also note that the customary way of allowing user mounts and unmounts is 
(instead of using mount.cifs and unmount.cifs as suid) to add a line
to the file /etc/fstab for each //server/share you wish to mount, but
this can become unwieldy when potential mount targets include many
or  unpredictable UNC names.

Samba Considerations 
To get the maximum benefit from the CIFS VFS, we recommend using a server that 
supports the SNIA CIFS Unix Extensions standard (e.g.  Samba 2.2.5 or later or 
Samba 3.0) but the CIFS vfs works fine with a wide variety of CIFS servers.  
Note that uid, gid and file permissions will display default values if you do 
not have a server that supports the Unix extensions for CIFS (such as Samba 
2.2.5 or later).  To enable the Unix CIFS Extensions in the Samba server, add 
the line: 

	unix extensions = yes
to your smb.conf file on the server.  Note that the following smb.conf settings 
are also useful (on the Samba server) when the majority of clients are Unix or 

	case sensitive = yes
	delete readonly = yes 
	ea support = yes

Note that server ea support is required for supporting xattrs from the Linux
cifs client, and that EA support is present in later versions of Samba (e.g. 
3.0.6 and later (also EA support works in all versions of Windows, at least to
shares on NTFS filesystems).  Extended Attribute (xattr) support is an optional
feature of most Linux filesystems which may require enabling via
make menuconfig. Client support for extended attributes (user xattr) can be
disabled on a per-mount basis by specifying "nouser_xattr" on mount.

The CIFS client can get and set POSIX ACLs (getfacl, setfacl) to Samba servers
version 3.10 and later.  Setting POSIX ACLs requires enabling both XATTR and 
then POSIX support in the CIFS configuration options when building the cifs
module.  POSIX ACL support can be disabled on a per mount basic by specifying
"noacl" on mount.
Some administrators may want to change Samba's smb.conf "map archive" and 
"create mask" parameters from the default.  Unless the create mask is changed
newly created files can end up with an unnecessarily restrictive default mode,
which may not be what you want, although if the CIFS Unix extensions are
enabled on the server and client, subsequent setattr calls (e.g. chmod) can
fix the mode.  Note that creating special devices (mknod) remotely 
may require specifying a mkdev function to Samba if you are not using 
Samba 3.0.6 or later.  For more information on these see the manual pages
("man smb.conf") on the Samba server system.  Note that the cifs vfs,
unlike the smbfs vfs, does not read the smb.conf on the client system 
(the few optional settings are passed in on mount via -o parameters instead).  
Note that Samba 2.2.7 or later includes a fix that allows the CIFS VFS to delete
open files (required for strict POSIX compliance).  Windows Servers already 
supported this feature. Samba server does not allow symlinks that refer to files
outside of the share, so in Samba versions prior to 3.0.6, most symlinks to
files with absolute paths (ie beginning with slash) such as:
	 ln -s /mnt/foo bar
would be forbidden. Samba 3.0.6 server or later includes the ability to create 
such symlinks safely by converting unsafe symlinks (ie symlinks to server 
files that are outside of the share) to a samba specific format on the server
that is ignored by local server applications and non-cifs clients and that will
not be traversed by the Samba server).  This is opaque to the Linux client
application using the cifs vfs. Absolute symlinks will work to Samba 3.0.5 or
later, but only for remote clients using the CIFS Unix extensions, and will
be invisbile to Windows clients and typically will not affect local
applications running on the same server as Samba.  

Use instructions:
Once the CIFS VFS support is built into the kernel or installed as a module 
(cifs.o), you can use mount syntax like the following to access Samba or Windows 

  mount -t cifs //$ /mnt -o user=myname,pass=mypassword

Before -o the option -v may be specified to make the mount.cifs
mount helper display the mount steps more verbosely.  
After -o the following commonly used cifs vfs specific options
are supported:

  domain=<domain name>
Other cifs mount options are described below.  Use of TCP names (in addition to
ip addresses) is available if the mount helper (mount.cifs) is installed. If
you do not trust the server to which are mounted, or if you do not have
cifs signing enabled (and the physical network is insecure), consider use
of the standard mount options "noexec" and "nosuid" to reduce the risk of 
running an altered binary on your local system (downloaded from a hostile server
or altered by a hostile router).

Although mounting using format corresponding to the CIFS URL specification is
not possible in mount.cifs yet, it is possible to use an alternate format
for the server and sharename (which is somewhat similar to NFS style mount
syntax) instead of the more widely used UNC format (i.e. \\server\share):
  mount -t cifs tcp_name_of_server:share_name /mnt -o user=myname,pass=mypasswd

When using the mount helper mount.cifs, passwords may be specified via alternate
mechanisms, instead of specifying it after -o using the normal "pass=" syntax
on the command line:
1) By including it in a credential file. Specify credentials=filename as one
of the mount options. Credential files contain two lines
2) By specifying the password in the PASSWD environment variable (similarly
the user name can be taken from the USER environment variable).
3) By specifying the password in a file by name via PASSWD_FILE
4) By specifying the password in a file by file descriptor via PASSWD_FD

If no password is provided, mount.cifs will prompt for password entry

Servers must support either "pure-TCP" (port 445 TCP/IP CIFS connections) or RFC 
1001/1002 support for "Netbios-Over-TCP/IP." This is not likely to be a 
problem as most servers support this.

Valid filenames differ between Windows and Linux.  Windows typically restricts
filenames which contain certain reserved characters (e.g.the character : 
which is used to delimit the beginning of a stream name by Windows), while
Linux allows a slightly wider set of valid characters in filenames. Windows
servers can remap such characters when an explicit mapping is specified in
the Server's registry.  Samba starting with version 3.10 will allow such 
filenames (ie those which contain valid Linux characters, which normally
would be forbidden for Windows/CIFS semantics) as long as the server is
configured for Unix Extensions (and the client has not disabled

CIFS VFS Mount Options
A partial list of the supported mount options follows:
  user		The user name to use when trying to establish
		the CIFS session.
  password	The user password.  If the mount helper is
		installed, the user will be prompted for password
		if not supplied.
  ip		The ip address of the target server
  unc		The target server Universal Network Name (export) to 
  domain	Set the SMB/CIFS workgroup name prepended to the
		username during CIFS session establishment
  forceuid	Set the default uid for inodes to the uid
		passed in on mount. For mounts to servers
		which do support the CIFS Unix extensions, such as a
		properly configured Samba server, the server provides
		the uid, gid and mode so this parameter should not be
		specified unless the server and clients uid and gid
		numbering differ.  If the server and client are in the
		same domain (e.g. running winbind or nss_ldap) and
		the server supports the Unix Extensions then the uid
		and gid can be retrieved from the server (and uid
		and gid would not have to be specifed on the mount. 
		For servers which do not support the CIFS Unix
		extensions, the default uid (and gid) returned on lookup
		of existing files will be the uid (gid) of the person
		who executed the mount (root, except when mount.cifs
		is configured setuid for user mounts) unless the "uid=" 
		(gid) mount option is specified. Also note that permission
		checks (authorization checks) on accesses to a file occur
		at the server, but there are cases in which an administrator
		may want to restrict at the client as well.  For those
		servers which do not report a uid/gid owner
		(such as Windows), permissions can also be checked at the
		client, and a crude form of client side permission checking 
		can be enabled by specifying file_mode and dir_mode on 
		the client.  (default)
  forcegid	(similar to above but for the groupid instead of uid) (default)
  noforceuid	Fill in file owner information (uid) by requesting it from
		the server if possible. With this option, the value given in
		the uid= option (on mount) will only be used if the server
		can not support returning uids on inodes.
  noforcegid	(similar to above but for the group owner, gid, instead of uid)
  uid		Set the default uid for inodes, and indicate to the
		cifs kernel driver which local user mounted. If the server
		supports the unix extensions the default uid is
		not used to fill in the owner fields of inodes (files)
		unless the "forceuid" parameter is specified.
  gid		Set the default gid for inodes (similar to above).
  file_mode     If CIFS Unix extensions are not supported by the server
		this overrides the default mode for file inodes.
  dir_mode      If CIFS Unix extensions are not supported by the server 
		this overrides the default mode for directory inodes.
  port		attempt to contact the server on this tcp port, before
		trying the usual ports (port 445, then 139).
  iocharset     Codepage used to convert local path names to and from
		Unicode. Unicode is used by default for network path
		names if the server supports it.  If iocharset is
		not specified then the nls_default specified
		during the local client kernel build will be used.
		If server does not support Unicode, this parameter is
  rsize		default read size (usually 16K). The client currently
		can not use rsize larger than CIFSMaxBufSize. CIFSMaxBufSize
		defaults to 16K and may be changed (from 8K to the maximum
		kmalloc size allowed by your kernel) at module install time
		for cifs.ko. Setting CIFSMaxBufSize to a very large value
		will cause cifs to use more memory and may reduce performance
		in some cases.  To use rsize greater than 127K (the original
		cifs protocol maximum) also requires that the server support
		a new Unix Capability flag (for very large read) which some
		newer servers (e.g. Samba 3.0.26 or later) do. rsize can be
		set from a minimum of 2048 to a maximum of 130048 (127K or
		CIFSMaxBufSize, whichever is smaller)
  wsize		default write size (default 57344)
		maximum wsize currently allowed by CIFS is 57344 (fourteen
		4096 byte pages)
  rw		mount the network share read-write (note that the
		server may still consider the share read-only)
  ro		mount network share read-only
  version	used to distinguish different versions of the
		mount helper utility (not typically needed)
  sep		if first mount option (after the -o), overrides
		the comma as the separator between the mount
		parms. e.g.
			-o user=myname,password=mypassword,domain=mydom
		could be passed instead with period as the separator by
			-o sep=.user=myname.password=mypassword.domain=mydom
		this might be useful when comma is contained within username
		or password or domain. This option is less important
		when the cifs mount helper cifs.mount (version 1.1 or later)
		is used.
  nosuid        Do not allow remote executables with the suid bit 
		program to be executed.  This is only meaningful for mounts
		to servers such as Samba which support the CIFS Unix Extensions.
		If you do not trust the servers in your network (your mount
		targets) it is recommended that you specify this option for
		greater security.
  exec		Permit execution of binaries on the mount.
  noexec	Do not permit execution of binaries on the mount.
  dev		Recognize block devices on the remote mount.
  nodev		Do not recognize devices on the remote mount.
  suid          Allow remote files on this mountpoint with suid enabled to 
		be executed (default for mounts when executed as root,
		nosuid is default for user mounts).
  credentials   Although ignored by the cifs kernel component, it is used by 
		the mount helper, mount.cifs. When mount.cifs is installed it
		opens and reads the credential file specified in order  
		to obtain the userid and password arguments which are passed to
		the cifs vfs.
  guest         Although ignored by the kernel component, the mount.cifs
		mount helper will not prompt the user for a password
		if guest is specified on the mount options.  If no
		password is specified a null password will be used.
  perm          Client does permission checks (vfs_permission check of uid
		and gid of the file against the mode and desired operation),
		Note that this is in addition to the normal ACL check on the
		target machine done by the server software. 
		Client permission checking is enabled by default.
  noperm        Client does not do permission checks.  This can expose
		files on this mount to access by other users on the local
		client system. It is typically only needed when the server
		supports the CIFS Unix Extensions but the UIDs/GIDs on the
		client and server system do not match closely enough to allow
		access by the user doing the mount, but it may be useful with
		non CIFS Unix Extension mounts for cases in which the default
		mode is specified on the mount but is not to be enforced on the
		client (e.g. perhaps when MultiUserMount is enabled)
		Note that this does not affect the normal ACL check on the
		target machine done by the server software (of the server
		ACL against the user name provided at mount time).
  serverino	Use server's inode numbers instead of generating automatically
		incrementing inode numbers on the client.  Although this will
		make it easier to spot hardlinked files (as they will have
		the same inode numbers) and inode numbers may be persistent,
		note that the server does not guarantee that the inode numbers
		are unique if multiple server side mounts are exported under a
		single share (since inode numbers on the servers might not
		be unique if multiple filesystems are mounted under the same
		shared higher level directory).  Note that some older
		(e.g. pre-Windows 2000) do not support returning UniqueIDs
		or the CIFS Unix Extensions equivalent and for those
		this mount option will have no effect.  Exporting cifs mounts
		under nfsd requires this mount option on the cifs mount.
		This is now the default if server supports the 
		required network operation.
  noserverino   Client generates inode numbers (rather than using the actual one
		from the server). These inode numbers will vary after
		unmount or reboot which can confuse some applications,
		but not all server filesystems support unique inode
  setuids       If the CIFS Unix extensions are negotiated with the server
		the client will attempt to set the effective uid and gid of
		the local process on newly created files, directories, and
		devices (create, mkdir, mknod).  If the CIFS Unix Extensions
		are not negotiated, for newly created files and directories
		instead of using the default uid and gid specified on
		the mount, cache the new file's uid and gid locally which means
		that the uid for the file can change when the inode is
	        reloaded (or the user remounts the share).
  nosetuids     The client will not attempt to set the uid and gid on
		on newly created files, directories, and devices (create, 
		mkdir, mknod) which will result in the server setting the
		uid and gid to the default (usually the server uid of the
		user who mounted the share).  Letting the server (rather than
		the client) set the uid and gid is the default. If the CIFS
		Unix Extensions are not negotiated then the uid and gid for
		new files will appear to be the uid (gid) of the mounter or the
		uid (gid) parameter specified on the mount.
  netbiosname   When mounting to servers via port 139, specifies the RFC1001
		source name to use to represent the client netbios machine 
		name when doing the RFC1001 netbios session initialize.
  direct        Do not do inode data caching on files opened on this mount.
		This precludes mmaping files on this mount. In some cases
		with fast networks and little or no caching benefits on the
		client (e.g. when the application is doing large sequential
		reads bigger than page size without rereading the same data) 
		this can provide better performance than the default
		behavior which caches reads (readahead) and writes 
		(writebehind) through the local Linux client pagecache 
		if oplock (caching token) is granted and held. Note that
		direct allows write operations larger than page size
		to be sent to the server.
  acl   	Allow setfacl and getfacl to manage posix ACLs if server
		supports them.  (default)
  noacl 	Do not allow setfacl and getfacl calls on this mount
  user_xattr    Allow getting and setting user xattrs (those attributes whose
		name begins with "user." or "os2.") as OS/2 EAs (extended
		attributes) to the server.  This allows support of the
		setfattr and getfattr utilities. (default)
  nouser_xattr  Do not allow getfattr/setfattr to get/set/list xattrs 
  mapchars      Translate six of the seven reserved characters (not backslash)
		to the remap range (above 0xF000), which also
		allows the CIFS client to recognize files created with
		such characters by Windows's POSIX emulation. This can
		also be useful when mounting to most versions of Samba
		(which also forbids creating and opening files
		whose names contain any of these seven characters).
		This has no effect if the server does not support
		Unicode on the wire.
 nomapchars     Do not translate any of these seven characters (default).
 nocase         Request case insensitive path name matching (case
		sensitive is the default if the server suports it).
		(mount option "ignorecase" is identical to "nocase")
 posixpaths     If CIFS Unix extensions are supported, attempt to
		negotiate posix path name support which allows certain
		characters forbidden in typical CIFS filenames, without
		requiring remapping. (default)
 noposixpaths   If CIFS Unix extensions are supported, do not request
		posix path name support (this may cause servers to
		reject creatingfile with certain reserved characters).
 nounix         Disable the CIFS Unix Extensions for this mount (tree
		connection). This is rarely needed, but it may be useful
		in order to turn off multiple settings all at once (ie
		posix acls, posix locks, posix paths, symlink support
		and retrieving uids/gids/mode from the server) or to
		work around a bug in server which implement the Unix
 nobrl          Do not send byte range lock requests to the server.
		This is necessary for certain applications that break
		with cifs style mandatory byte range locks (and most
		cifs servers do not yet support requesting advisory
		byte range locks).
 forcemandatorylock Even if the server supports posix (advisory) byte range
		locking, send only mandatory lock requests.  For some
		(presumably rare) applications, originally coded for
		DOS/Windows, which require Windows style mandatory byte range
		locking, they may be able to take advantage of this option,
		forcing the cifs client to only send mandatory locks
		even if the cifs server would support posix advisory locks.
		"forcemand" is accepted as a shorter form of this mount
 nostrictsync   If this mount option is set, when an application does an
		fsync call then the cifs client does not send an SMB Flush
		to the server (to force the server to write all dirty data
		for this file immediately to disk), although cifs still sends
		all dirty (cached) file data to the server and waits for the
		server to respond to the write.  Since SMB Flush can be
		very slow, and some servers may be reliable enough (to risk
		delaying slightly flushing the data to disk on the server),
		turning on this option may be useful to improve performance for
		applications that fsync too much, at a small risk of server
		crash.  If this mount option is not set, by default cifs will
		send an SMB flush request (and wait for a response) on every
		fsync call.
 nodfs          Disable DFS (global name space support) even if the
		server claims to support it.  This can help work around
		a problem with parsing of DFS paths with Samba server
		versions 3.0.24 and 3.0.25.
 remount        remount the share (often used to change from ro to rw mounts
	        or vice versa)
 cifsacl        Report mode bits (e.g. on stat) based on the Windows ACL for
	        the file. (EXPERIMENTAL)
 servern        Specify the server 's netbios name (RFC1001 name) to use
		when attempting to setup a session to the server. 
		This is needed for mounting to some older servers (such
		as OS/2 or Windows 98 and Windows ME) since they do not
		support a default server name.  A server name can be up
		to 15 characters long and is usually uppercased.
 sfu            When the CIFS Unix Extensions are not negotiated, attempt to
		create device files and fifos in a format compatible with
		Services for Unix (SFU).  In addition retrieve bits 10-12
		of the mode via the SETFILEBITS extended attribute (as
		SFU does).  In the future the bottom 9 bits of the
		mode also will be emulated using queries of the security
		descriptor (ACL).
 sign           Must use packet signing (helps avoid unwanted data modification
		by intermediate systems in the route).  Note that signing
		does not work with lanman or plaintext authentication.
 seal           Must seal (encrypt) all data on this mounted share before
		sending on the network.  Requires support for Unix Extensions.
		Note that this differs from the sign mount option in that it
		causes encryption of data sent over this mounted share but other
		shares mounted to the same server are unaffected.
 locallease     This option is rarely needed. Fcntl F_SETLEASE is
		used by some applications such as Samba and NFSv4 server to
		check to see whether a file is cacheable.  CIFS has no way
		to explicitly request a lease, but can check whether a file
		is cacheable (oplocked).  Unfortunately, even if a file
		is not oplocked, it could still be cacheable (ie cifs client
		could grant fcntl leases if no other local processes are using
		the file) for cases for example such as when the server does not
		support oplocks and the user is sure that the only updates to
		the file will be from this client. Specifying this mount option
		will allow the cifs client to check for leases (only) locally
		for files which are not oplocked instead of denying leases
		in that case. (EXPERIMENTAL)
 sec            Security mode.  Allowed values are:
			none	attempt to connection as a null user (no name)
			krb5    Use Kerberos version 5 authentication
			krb5i   Use Kerberos authentication and packet signing
			ntlm    Use NTLM password hashing (default)
			ntlmi   Use NTLM password hashing with signing (if
				/proc/fs/cifs/PacketSigningEnabled on or if
				server requires signing also can be the default) 
			ntlmv2  Use NTLMv2 password hashing      
			ntlmv2i Use NTLMv2 password hashing with packet signing
			lanman  (if configured in kernel config) use older
				lanman hash
hard		Retry file operations if server is not responding
soft		Limit retries to unresponsive servers (usually only
		one retry) before returning an error.  (default)

The mount.cifs mount helper also accepts a few mount options before -o

	-S      take password from stdin (equivalent to setting the environment
		variable "PASSWD_FD=0"
	-V      print mount.cifs version
	-?      display simple usage information

With most 2.6 kernel versions of modutils, the version of the cifs kernel
module can be displayed via modinfo.

Misc /proc/fs/cifs Flags and Debug Info
Informational pseudo-files:
DebugData		Displays information about active CIFS sessions
			and shares, as well as the cifs.ko version.
Stats			Lists summary resource usage information as well as per
			share statistics, if CONFIG_CIFS_STATS in enabled
			in the kernel configuration.

Configuration pseudo-files:
MultiuserMount		If set to one, more than one CIFS session to 
			the same server ip address can be established
			if more than one uid accesses the same mount
			point and if the uids user/password mapping
			information is available. (default is 0)
PacketSigningEnabled	If set to one, cifs packet signing is enabled
			and will be used if the server requires 
			it.  If set to two, cifs packet signing is
			required even if the server considers packet
			signing optional. (default 1)
SecurityFlags		Flags which control security negotiation and
			also packet signing. Authentication (may/must)
			flags (e.g. for NTLM and/or NTLMv2) may be combined with
			the signing flags.  Specifying two different password
			hashing mechanisms (as "must use") on the other hand 
			does not make much sense. Default flags are 
			(NTLM, NTLMv2 and packet signing allowed).  The maximum 
			allowable flags if you want to allow mounts to servers
			using weaker password hashes is 0x37037 (lanman,
			plaintext, ntlm, ntlmv2, signing allowed).  Some
			SecurityFlags require the corresponding menuconfig
			options to be enabled (lanman and plaintext require
			CONFIG_CIFS_WEAK_PW_HASH for example).  Enabling
			plaintext authentication currently requires also
			enabling lanman authentication in the security flags
			because the cifs module only supports sending
			laintext passwords using the older lanman dialect
			form of the session setup SMB.  (e.g. for authentication
			using plain text passwords, set the SecurityFlags
			to 0x30030):
			may use packet signing 				0x00001
			must use packet signing				0x01001
			may use NTLM (most common password hash)	0x00002
			must use NTLM					0x02002
			may use NTLMv2					0x00004
			must use NTLMv2					0x04004
			may use Kerberos security			0x00008
			must use Kerberos				0x08008
			may use lanman (weak) password hash  		0x00010
			must use lanman password hash			0x10010
			may use plaintext passwords    			0x00020
			must use plaintext passwords			0x20020
			(reserved for future packet encryption)		0x00040

cifsFYI			If set to non-zero value, additional debug information
			will be logged to the system error log.  This field
			contains three flags controlling different classes of
			debugging entries.  The maximum value it can be set
			to is 7 which enables all debugging points (default 0).
			Some debugging statements are not compiled into the
			cifs kernel unless CONFIG_CIFS_DEBUG2 is enabled in the
			kernel configuration. cifsFYI may be set to one or
			nore of the following flags (7 sets them all):

			log cifs informational messages			0x01
			log return codes from cifs entry points		0x02
			log slow responses (ie which take longer than 1 second)
			  CONFIG_CIFS_STATS2 must be enabled in .config	0x04
traceSMB		If set to one, debug information is logged to the
			system error log with the start of smb requests
			and responses (default 0)
LookupCacheEnable	If set to one, inode information is kept cached
			for one second improving performance of lookups
			(default 1)
OplockEnabled		If set to one, safe distributed caching enabled.
			(default 1)
LinuxExtensionsEnabled	If set to one then the client will attempt to
			use the CIFS "UNIX" extensions which are optional
			protocol enhancements that allow CIFS servers
			to return accurate UID/GID information as well
			as support symbolic links. If you use servers
			such as Samba that support the CIFS Unix
			extensions but do not want to use symbolic link
			support and want to map the uid and gid fields 
			to values supplied at mount (rather than the 
			actual values, then set this to zero. (default 1)
Experimental            When set to 1 used to enable certain experimental
			features (currently enables multipage writes
			when signing is enabled, the multipage write
			performance enhancement was disabled when
			signing turned on in case buffer was modified
			just before it was sent, also this flag will
			be used to use the new experimental directory change 
			notification code).  When set to 2 enables
			an additional experimental feature, "raw ntlmssp"
			session establishment support (which allows
			specifying "sec=ntlmssp" on mount). The Linux cifs
			module will use ntlmv2 authentication encapsulated
			in "raw ntlmssp" (not using SPNEGO) when
			"sec=ntlmssp" is specified on mount.
			This support also requires building cifs with
			the CONFIG_CIFS_EXPERIMENTAL configuration flag.

These experimental features and tracing can be enabled by changing flags in 
/proc/fs/cifs (after the cifs module has been installed or built into the 
kernel, e.g.  insmod cifs).  To enable a feature set it to 1 e.g.  to enable 
tracing to the kernel message log type: 

	echo 7 > /proc/fs/cifs/cifsFYI
cifsFYI functions as a bit mask. Setting it to 1 enables additional kernel
logging of various informational messages.  2 enables logging of non-zero
SMB return codes while 4 enables logging of requests that take longer
than one second to complete (except for byte range lock requests). 
Setting it to 4 requires defining CONFIG_CIFS_STATS2 manually in the
source code (typically by setting it in the beginning of cifsglob.h),
and setting it to seven enables all three.  Finally, tracing
the start of smb requests and responses can be enabled via:

	echo 1 > /proc/fs/cifs/traceSMB

Two other experimental features are under development. To test these

	cifsacl support needed to retrieve approximated mode bits based on
		the contents on the CIFS ACL.

	lease support: cifs will check the oplock state before calling into
	the vfs to see if we can grant a lease on a file.

	DNOTIFY fcntl: needed for support of directory change 
			    notification and perhaps later for file leases)

Per share (per client mount) statistics are available in /proc/fs/cifs/Stats
if the kernel was configured with cifs statistics enabled.  The statistics
represent the number of successful (ie non-zero return code from the server) 
SMB responses to some of the more common commands (open, delete, mkdir etc.).
Also recorded is the total bytes read and bytes written to the server for
that share.  Note that due to client caching effects this can be less than the
number of bytes read and written by the application running on the client.
The statistics for the number of total SMBs and oplock breaks are different in
that they represent all for that share, not just those for which the server
returned success.
Also note that "cat /proc/fs/cifs/DebugData" will display information about
the active sessions and the shares that are mounted.

Enabling Kerberos (extended security) works but requires version 1.2 or later
of the helper program cifs.upcall to be present and to be configured in the
/etc/request-key.conf file.  The cifs.upcall helper program is from the Samba
project( NTLM and NTLMv2 and LANMAN support do not
require this helper. Note that NTLMv2 security (which does not require the
cifs.upcall helper program), instead of using Kerberos, is sufficient for
some use cases.

DFS support allows transparent redirection to shares in an MS-DFS name space.
In addition, DFS support for target shares which are specified as UNC
names which begin with host names (rather than IP addresses) requires
a user space helper (such as cifs.upcall) to be present in order to
translate host names to ip address, and the user space helper must also
be configured in the file /etc/request-key.conf.  Samba, Windows servers and
many NAS appliances support DFS as a way of constructing a global name
space to ease network configuration and improve reliability.

To use cifs Kerberos and DFS support, the Linux keyutils package should be
installed and something like the following lines should be added to the
/etc/request-key.conf file:

create cifs.spnego * * /usr/local/sbin/cifs.upcall %k
create dns_resolver * * /usr/local/sbin/cifs.upcall %k

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