Samba has today been updated to version 4.0.1. This marks the first maintenance release of the software and comes with all of Samba’s technology parts — a file server that can be upgraded from existing Samba 3 releases as well as the Active Directory domain controller.

For the uninitiated, Samba is an application that can be used to seamlessly integrate Linux (and UNIX) servers and desktops into Active Directory environments.

The software has been actively developed and updated since the early 1990s, and is a pretty much a standard in the UNIX community for years now. Last month saw the much celebrated release of version 4, bringing with it full Active Directory compliance.

According to the release notes, Access Control Entries can now be assigned in Active Directory based on the objectClass of a given object. Meaning, if a group of users has any access based on objectClass, they can also get write access to that object.

Not only this, but if a particular user has write access to any attribute on a given object, they also get access to write to all attributes.

Anonymous access, however, is now totally disabled by default.

Click here to check out the release notes for this security maintenance release of Samba.

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