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Error 255 returned when creating Samba usershare in Nautilus

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 4 (SLES 11 SP4)


Upon right-clicking a folder in Gnome's Nautilus file manager, choosing "Sharing Options," selecting the "Share this folder" box and clicking the "Create Share" button in the open dialog, the following error is returned:
'net usershare' returned error 255:  net usershare add: cannot convert name "Everyone" to a SID. Access denied.


Since samba-client version 3.6.3-76.1, a new global option is required in smb.conf.
hostname:~ # vi /etc/samba/smb.conf
Add this option under the [global] section:
client ipc signing = auto
After the change is written, restart the samba service:
hostname:~ # rcsmb restart


Several CVEs were addressed for this samba-client package with the update to version 3.6.3-76.1.  As a result of these changes, this new client ipc signing configuration option is required when creating usershares through Nautilus.


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  • Document ID:7018701
  • Creation Date: 09-Mar-2017
  • Modified Date:28-Sep-2022
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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