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Samba / SMB

2: Seeker

I have been trying to connect USB storage plugged directly into the Vodafone router to Windows 10. However, Windows refuses to map as a Network drive because the SMB implementation is SMB1 which is outdated and insecure (and responsible for Wannacry malware). The current implementation (since 2012) is SMB3.

 

Having looked at the router specs, it seems that the Samba software running in the router firmware is 3.0.28 which was released back in 2007. I have checked that I am running the latest firmware.

 

Have I got this right? Is the router really running 10 year old firmware components?

 

Is the router really fit for purpose?

 

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Moderator

This doesn't sound right @kerregan. Please make sure you're using the most update date version of the router firmware here: 192.168.1.1 Once you've logged in, go to Settings and Firmware updates to do this.

 

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2: Seeker

Thanks for the response.

 

Yes, I have the most up to date firmware 5.4.8.1.291.1.30.1.29.

 

If you go to the router's Status & Support / About page, you can see the list of all the Open Source components. 

Linus File Server support / Samba is shown as v3.0.28. If you go to samba.org you can see the release date of this version. 

 

I agree., this isn't right!

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Moderator

So we can take a further look into this @kerregan, please contact us by following the instructions in this private message.

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2: Seeker

My post relates to the standard Vodafone router and is in no sense specific to my account. There is no need for my post to be dealt with privately.

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Moderator

We'd like to bring you in via private message @kerregan, so one of the broadband specialists in our team would be able to advise you further.

As an alternative, you're also more than welcome to use your own router and we'll happily provide you with a list of approved devices; plus your password and username to do this 😊

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1: Seeker

Hello,

I have the same issue what was the resolution please

Thank you

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2: Seeker

None

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14: Advanced member

One of the service packs for Windows 10 disabled SMBv1, it can be re-enabled!  The instructions are here :https://www.windowscentral.com/how-access-files-network-devices-using-smbv1-windows-10

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2: Seeker

Thanks for this, though it is really only suitable as a temporary fix. As the article states “you should contact the device manufacturer for specific instructions to update the device to a version that supports SMBv2.02 or later” ... which Vodafone are unable to do.

 

The alternative is “getting a network device that includes support for the more secure version of the network protocol” which means getting your own router or moving ISP.

 

My workaround has been to access the drive using ftp rather than as a mapped drive.

 

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14: Advanced member

I've had that temporary fix in place since April when the issue came to light here - which would have been short;y before our Vodafone connection even!

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2: Seeker

The reason why it is only suitable as a temporary fix is not that it will one day stop working, but that it is insecure. That is why Microsoft have discontinued SMB 1 support in Windows 10. This SMB vulnerrability is how the WannaCry ransomware spreads. 

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14: Advanced member

Yup, it's one of those things that got turned on and forgotten about.  It would only have been turned on for a reason, though which device with remote storage I needed it for I can't remember, and everything seems to be working fine without it now!

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4: Newbie

Its nice to see how Vodafone sticks to insecure archaic technologies, please don't bother to change the firmware of the router, I can access my files via MacOS 9 and the added bonus of FTP is just wonderful - 486 running 3.11 loves it.

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14: Advanced member

It's not just Vodafone, this is from my Asus RT-AC86U with a firmware that's less than 2 weeks old:

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