vfs_widelinks — make a Samba share ignore filesystem symbolic links inside a share
vfs objects = widelinks
This VFS module is part of the samba(7) suite.
vfs_widelinks VFS module
hides the existence of symbolic links in the filesystem
inside a share. It is used in Samba verson 4.13 and above
to implement the
smb.conf"wide links = yes"
functionality that used to be inside the core smbd code.
The module should not be loaded explicitly by smb.conf
as part of the "vfs objects =" parameter, but is loaded
implicitly when "wide links = yes" is enabled. This is
to prevent existing smb.conf files from having to be
modified to keep the existing insecure "wide links"
functionality on a share.
Please note that "wide links = yes" functionality is a deliberately insecure option, and should never be used in Samba installations. On Linux, bind mounts can be used instead to implement anything "wide links = yes" can enable. This module has been created to provide backwards compatibility with existing users of "wide links = yes" installations, but this use cannot be recommended and is not endorsed by the Samba developers.
Note that this implicit loading may become explicit in a later Samba release, and administrators wishing to keep the insecure "wide links" functionality may have to add this module into their "vfs objects =" module list. The Samba project release notes and this manpage will be updated to reflect this when this change is made.
This module is stackable.