How ownCloud and SerNet worked together to improve the SMB protocol, is described in a new blog post from ownCloud. Read about it in the article "Windows Network Drive integration benefits from Samba contributions".
The text emphasizes, how Open Source Collaboration can prove to be an important and stimulatory factor for projects. In this case, ownCloud engineers worked together with longtime Samba expert Volker Lendecke at SerNet. This resulted in notifications for smb-client implemented in the SMB2 and SMB3 protocol, subsequently boosting performance and bringing more reliability to the windows network drive integration. So – to quote ownCloud: "the professionals at SerNet have your back".
In light of last week's sambaXP, SerNet announced two novelties to its Samba portfolio: SAMBA+ LTS and SAMBA+ support budgets. While SAMBA+ LTS prolongs security updates for SAMBA+ packages, support budgets grant easy access to professional Samba services.
SAMBA+ Long Term Support (LTS) packages provide the well-known SAMBA+ packages, but with 36 month security updates instead of 18. This extends the lifecycle significantly and leads to reduced costs, especially for OEMs.
SerNet will provide the security updates pretty soon after the upstream Samba releases to ensure that systems are protected against the known defects as soon as possible. We will start with SAMBA+ 4.3, 4.4 and 4.5. SAMBA+LTS is already available in the SAMBA+ shop.
SAMBA+ support budgets
To make services even more accessible, SerNet is adding support budgets to its regular support contracts with Service Level Agreements. Support budgets can be purchased directly from the SAMBA+ shop and are ready for immediate redemption. This guarantees customers even faster access to the know-how of our experienced SAMBA+ team. In short: You buy the support budget, we start working on your requests.
The support budget not only covers services around SAMBA+ but rather requests regarding overall CIFS/SMB (Samba, Microsoft Windows), AFP/Netatalk, Linux (Debian, Ubuntu, RHEL, Fedora, SLES, Leap), Unix (AIX, Solaris, HP-UX), Directory Services (Active Directory, LDAP), Printing (CUPS), Infrastructure
(DNS, DHCP, SSL). Another advantage: Within the SAMBA+ support budget, the billing rate is identical for all types of services.
A SAMBA+ support budget includes 10 service hours, invoiced in time units of at least 15 minutes. Once purchased, budgets can be redeemed for 24 months. A total of 4 budgets can be purchased at once and used for a project of up to 40 hours. More details on our SAMBA+ Support page or directly in the SAMBA+ shop.
SerNet colleague Björn Baumbach has been appointed as official member of the Samba Core Team. The independent team consists of 40 people from all over the world who contribute regularly to Samba and have direct write access to the repository.
Baumbach recently contributed to the extensions of the "samba-tool" command. In addition, he has been supporting the Core Team for several years maintaining the server infrastructure, actively participates in discussions on the further development of Samba and contributes bugfixes. As a trained application developer Björn Baumbach joined SerNet 8 years ago. He works in the IT Security department as well as in
SerNet's own SAMBA+ team.
Six SerNet employees are now members of the Samba Core Team. Besides Baumbach these are Karolin Seeger, Ralph Böhme, Björn Jacke, Volker Lendecke and Stefan Metzmacher.
SerNet has released the open source ISMS tool verinice in version 1.16. With this release, the team focuses on data protection and especially the GDPR. The combination of verinice and the Data Protection Module now makes it possible to comfortably document processing activities and to implement contracted data processing in compliance with EU law.
Data protection with verinice
The Data Protection Module supports the documentation of contracted data processing, contracting parties and services in accordance with Article 28 GDPR. Corresponding contracts can be integrated directly. Data protection expert Sirin Torun, who designed the Data Protection module, also draws attention to the ADV controls that she developed herself: "They form a catalogue of measures that supports the verification and documentation of order processing. The ADV controls can also be used for initial or follow-up audits."
For the list of processing activities according to the GDPR, the Data Protection Module provides an example catalogue with samples of procedures including exemplary solutions for typical data protection problems - easily adaptable to the respective company, enterprise and authorities and can be extended as required. Torun emphasizes: "A special feature is that the technical and organizational measures (TOMs) can be selected from the ISO 27001 controls or the German BSI IT Baseline Protection measures and are assigned to the data protection objectives of Article 32 GDPR". This enables users to find their way quickly and work efficiently. The resulting interface between data protection and information security management means a considerable value for users. Especially if the ISMS is documented with verinice, costs can be reduced and the documentation effort can be reduced.
All data from the Data Protection Module can also be aggregated in reports. A total of 12 reports summarize the necessary information on a special area or on an overview topic.
The Data Protection Module is currently only available in German. Also it requires a verinice subscription. SerNet is planning further updates for the data protection module in the near future. The next topics on the roadmap are data protection risk management and risk analysis as well as data protection impact assessment. Users of the current data protection module should have access to these new features.
Modernized IT Baseline Protection
verinice 1.16 also has some innovations to show for the implementation of the new BSI IT Baseline Protection. The Baseline Protection Compendium has been revised, an implementation status for requirements and measures has been added, an identifier marks links clearer and new object types represent the diverse documentation tasks of the modernized IT Baseline Protection. As well as the Data Protection Module, the new IT Baseline Protection is only available in German.
Details about verinice 1.16 can be found in the release notes and about the Data Protection Module on the product page in the verinice.SHOP (German only) – interested parties can also participate in one of our webinars and get a first impression.
This year marks the 17th iteration of the international user and developer conference Samba eXPerience. The sambaXP 2018 will take place June 5-7 at the Hotel Freizeit In (Dransfelder Straße 3, 37079 Göttingen, Germany). The agenda is online now and filled with lots of different Samba topics, addressing basic usage scenarios as well as very-large-scale Samba. The full program is published at the conference website (https://sambaxp.org). sambaXP 2018 is organized by SerNet and sponsored by Google, Microsoft and RedHat.
sambaXP chairman Jeremy Allison will introduce "Samba and ChromeOS - the Start of a Beautiful Friendship" on Wednesday, June 6th. Kevin Kunkel (Indeed, Inc.) will give "Global Samba4 AD Domain Tips and Tricks" while David Disseldorp (SUSE) will "Release the Kraken: Samba and Ceph". Pieter Hollants (IT-Systemmanagement Pieter Hollants) deals with "Service Layering - Integrating Samba with existing DNS infrastructure" while Andreas Schneider (Red Hat) turns to "Unit testing and mocking in Samba development". Kai Blin will follow up on his 2017 "Samba, Quo vadis?" talk with "Let's Rust in Samba" and Amitay Isaacs (IBM Australia) will talk about "CTDB database vacuuming for geniuses!"
Stefan Metzmacher (SerNet) will kick off the second conference day with a "Trusts Status Update". Further talks on Thursday deal with e.g. "Patterns and anti-patterns in Samba development" (Andrew Bartlett, Catalyst IT) and "smbcmp: a handy network capture diff tool for SMB traffic" (Aurélien Aptel, SUSE). Alexander Bokovoy (Red Hat) asks how to improve Samba user experience with "Goodbye SWAT, welcome Cockpit?" and Martin Schwenke (IBM Australia) delves into "CTDB, you have changed!" Edgar Olougouna (Microsoft) will reflect on "Microsoft Windows Protocols – Active Support" and the decade-long cooperation between Microsoft and Samba. Finally Tom Talpey (Microsoft) will have a look into the state of the SMB3 protocol and ongoing development, in Windows products and related services, especially as they relate to Samba.
Conference tickets are still available at https://sambaxp.org and priced at 499 Euro.
Stefan Kania will give his traditional tutorial on Tuesday, June 5th. This year’s topic is "Securing a Samba-Fileserver inside an Active Directory“. The participation fee is 450 Euro. Free spots for the tutorial are in high demand – be sure to secure your ticket soon.