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Old 07-31-2005, 10:02 AM   #1
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mount smb drives as non-root user?

I have a Windows XP laptop on which I have some shares which I access from my Linux desktop machine. At the moment I'm unable to mount the shares as any other user than root.

First, a bit of background. I've got the following mount-point defined in /etc/fstab:

//cchqdave/c$     /mnt/laptop             smbfs   user,credentials=/home/david/.smbpasswd,rw,noauto       0 0
If I try to mount this mount-point as myself (an unprivileged user), I get an error:

[david@malvern ~]$ mount /mnt/laptop
smbmnt must be installed suid root for direct user mounts (501,501)
smbmnt failed: 1
So I took the suggestion and made smbmount setuid root:

[david@malvern ~]$ sudo chmod u+s `which smbmount`
And tried mounting it again:

[david@malvern ~]$ mount /mnt/laptop
libsmb based programs must *NOT* be setuid root.
12687: Connection to cchqdave failed
SMB connection failed
Which is weird. Anyone got any suggestions? I really don't want to have to do sudo mount /mnt/laptop every time. It's probably worth mentioning if I do do sudo mount /mnt/laptop then it works fine and I can access my shares without any problems - I just don't like having to stick in the sudo password every time because it's a pain.
Old 08-01-2005, 08:28 PM   #2
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Um ... this is not how FC4 expects you to use smb shares ...

You can set up the FC4 machine as the server - set the workgroup etc - and the share appears in your XP laptop. The whole thing works through the gui.
Old 08-01-2005, 10:31 PM   #3
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Well there are two binaries, smbmnt and smbmount. It says smbmnt should have suid, but you made smbmount suid.

I don't know what the difference is, but I know there is a difference. Try to set the suid bit for smbmnt instead of smbmount, and call us in the morning.
Old 11-27-2005, 09:08 AM   #4
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Why not use PAM_MOUNT. Alot better and secure then using fstab or smbfstab
Old 09-05-2007, 05:28 AM   #5
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i know this thread is way old but the original poster never replied to say if it was fixed or not, but i did what TexasDex mentioned and did
chmod u+s /usr/bin/smbmnt
and the mount worked fine in my fstab. i had the same setup as the OP and could not get the share mounted or if i did, i didnt have write access. now i do!

Old 09-05-2007, 07:38 AM   #6
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