Samba is a special package for Linux computer to communicate with other computer on the Network such as with Windows computer, share folders, domain controller etc. Samba was originally designed as an open source implementation of the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol on Linux-based operating systems. It is mainly used to provide print/file sharing services to CIFS (Common Internet File System) and SMB clients.
Samba 4.2.1 is now available brings many improvements and bug fixes. Based on the official website, Samba 4.2.1 have the following fixes on board.
- BUG 8905: s3:winbind:grent: Don’t stop group enumeration when a group has no gid.
- BUG 10476: build:wafadmin: Fix use of spaces instead of tabs.
- BUG 11143: s3-winbind: Fix cached user group lookup of trusted domains.
- BUG 10016: s3: lib: ntlmssp: If NTLMSSP_NEGOTIATE_TARGET_INFO isn’t set, cope with servers that don’t send the 2 unused fields.
We do not recommend to install Samba 4.2.1 from the official developer website manually. If you don’t know what to do, its better to wait for this version to be available on your Linux distribution. The download link for Samba 4.3.1 is available through this link. Please note that this is the tar.gz package which requires further steps to install.