Samba 4.7.0 (Samba AD for the Enterprise)


Enterprise distributions like Red Hat or SUSE are required to ship with MIT Kerberos. The reason is that several institutions or governments have a hard requirement for a special Kerberos implementation. It is the reason why the distributions by these vendors (Fedora, RHEL, openSUSE, SLES) only package Samba FS and not the AD component. To get Samba AD into RHEL some day it was clear, that we need to port it to MIT Kerberos. In 2013 we started to think about this. The question which arise first was: How do we run the tests if we port to MIT Kerberos? We want to start the krb5kdc daemon. This was more or less the birth of the cwrap project! Think of…

Microsoft Catalog Files and Digital Signatures decoded


TL;DR: Parse and print .cat files: parsemscat Introduction Günther Deschner and myself are looking into the new Microsoft Printing Protocol [MS-PAR]. Printing always means you have to deal with drivers. Microsoft package-aware v3 print drivers and v4 print drivers contain Microsoft Catalog files. A Catalog file (.cat) is a digitally-signed file. To be more precise it is a PKCS7 certificate with embedded data. Before I started to look into the problem understanding them I've searched the web, if someone already decoded them. I found a post by Richard Hughes: Building a better catalog file. Richard described some of the things we already discovered and some new details. It looks like he gave up when it came down to understand the…

Hunting down a fd closing bug in Samba


In Samba I had a failing test suite. I have nss_wrapper compiled with debug messages turned on, so it showed me the following line: NWRAP_ERROR(23052) - nwrap_he_parse_line: 3 Invalid line[TDB]: 'DB' The file should parse a hosts file like /etc/hosts, but the debug line showed that it tried to parse a TDB (Trivial Database) file, Samba database backend. I've started to investigate it and wondered what was going on. This morning I called Michael Adam and we looked into the issue together. It was obvious that something closed the file descriptor for the hosts file of nss_wrapper and the samba binary opend a different file getting the same fd number assigned. The big question was, what the heck closes the…

New uid_wrapper with full threading support.


Today I've released a new version of uid_wrapper (1.1.0) with full threading support. Robin Hack a colleague of mine spent a lot of time improving the code and writing tests for it. It now survives funny things like forking in a thread. We also added two missing functions and fixed several bugs. uid_wrapper is a tool to help you writing tests for your application. If you don't know uid_wrapper and wonder what you can do with it, here is an example: $ id uid=1000(asn) gid=100(users) groups=100(users),478(docker) $ LD_PRELOAD=libuid_wrapper.so UID_WRAPPER=1 UID_WRAPPER_ROOT=1 id uid=0(root) gid=0(root) groups=0(root) More details about uid_wrapper can be found on the cwrap project website, here.

resolv_wrapper 1.0.0 – the new cwrap tool


I've released a new preloadable wrapper named resolv_wrapper which can be used for nameserver redirection or DNS response faking. It can be used in testing environment to route DNS queries to a real nameserver separate from resolv.conf or fake one with simple config file. We tested it on Linux, FreeBSD and Solaris. It should work on other UNIX flavors too. You can download resolv_wrapper here.

A talk about cwrap at LinuxCon Europe


Next week is the LinuxCon Europe in Düsseldorf, Germany. I will be there and give a talk about cwrap, a set of tools to make client/server testing easy on a single machine. Testing network applications correctly is hard. This talk will demonstrate how to create a fully isolated network environment for client and server testing on a single host, complete with synthetic account information, hostname resolution, and privilege separation. I hope you will attend my talk if you are there. If you can't attend the LinuxCon Europe, but you're going to the Linux Plumbers Conference then say hello and lets talk about cwrap there! At the LinuxCon Europe I will announce new cool stuff and the website will be updated.…

How to get real DNS resolving in ‘make test’?


As you might know I'm working (hacking) on Samba. Samba has a DNS implementation to easier integrate all the AD features. The problem is we would like to talk to the DNS server but /etc/resolv.conf points to a nameserver so your machine is correctly working in your network environment. For this Samba in our dns resolver library we implemented a way to setup a dns_hosts_file to fake DNS queries. This works well for binaries provided by Samba but not for 3rd party application. As Günther Deschner and I are currently working on MIT Kerberos support the libkrb5 library always complained that it is not able to talk query the DNS server to find the KDC. So it was time to…

What is preloading?


by Jakub Hrozek and Andreas Schneider The LD_PRELOAD trick! Preloading is a feature of the dynamic linker (ld). It is a available on most Unix system and allows to load a user specified, shared library before all other shared libraries which are linked to an executable. Library pre-loading is most commonly used when you need a custom version of a library function to be called. You might want to implement your own malloc(3) and free(3) functions that would perform a rudimentary leak checking or memory access control for example, or you might want to extend the I/O calls to dump data when reverse engineering a binary blob. In this case, the library to be preloaded would implement the functions you…

New features in socket_wrapper 1.1.0


Maybe you already heard of the cwrap project. A set of tools to create a fully isolated network environment to test client/server components on a single host. socket_wrapper is a part of cwrap and I released version 1.1.0 today. In this release I worked together with Michael Adam and we implemented some nice new features like support for IP_PKTINFO for binding on UDP sockets, bindresvport() and more socket options via getsockopt(). This was mostly needed to be able to create a test environment for MIT Kerberos. The upcoming features for the next version are support for passing file description between processes using a unix domain socket and sendmsg()/recvmsg() (SCM_RIGHTS). We would also like to make socket_wrapper thread-safe.