Re: Deprecating smbfs(5) and removing it before FreeBSD 14

From: Shawn Webb <shawn.webb_at_hardenedbsd.org>
Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2021 11:26:42 -0400
On Thu, Oct 28, 2021 at 10:44:56AM -0400, Ed Maste wrote:
> The smbfs(5) filesystem supports only the obsolete SMBv1 protocol, and
> I propose removing it for FreeBSD 14. I know the CHERI folks have been
> using it but they plan to migrate away from it. It was broken for
> months before they fixed it, so I suspect nobody is using it on
> contemporary releases.
> 
> I have review D32707 (https://reviews.freebsd.org/D32707) open to add
> this deprecation notice to the man page:
>      The smbfs filesystem driver supports only the obsolete SMBv1 protocol.
>      smbfs and userspace counterparts smbutil(1) and mount_smbfs(8) are not
>      present in FreeBSD 14 and above.  Users are advised to evaluate the
>      sysutils/fusefs-smbnetfs port instead.
> 
> A similar notice would be added to the smbutil and mount_smbfs man
> pages, and manu_at_ suggested having the userland utilities emit a
> warning when they are used.
> 
> I am interested in comments, objections, or reports that anyone is in
> fact using smbfs.
> 

It seems that smbfs might be used with some level of frequency in
virtualized environments. I wonder if providing a 9pfs client would be
a good step in helping deprecate smbfs.

Thanks,

-- 
Shawn Webb
Cofounder / Security Engineer
HardenedBSD

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