View Full Version : [ubuntu] Samba Permission Setting

March 27th, 2010, 05:17 AM
I am setting up a new file server using Ubuntu 9.10 server with Samba. The Ubuntu file server is connected to a small office LAN, with 14 other clients (all running Windows, either XP or Vista).

May I know whether it is possible to set the permission of the files & folders in the Ubuntu file server to prevent unauthorized copying of files by users (clients) which are only granted with the "read only" authority?

March 27th, 2010, 08:11 AM
Copying is not editing so by giving users a read only access they will still be able to copy it. As far as my understanding goes.

March 28th, 2010, 02:10 PM
Is there anyway to set the permission, so that the user can only read the files on the Ubuntu file server, but can't copy the files?

March 29th, 2010, 04:12 PM
I don't think that is possible - if you can read, you can copy. Even if it is opening a file, then save as somewhere else, it is still copying. What are you trying to accomplish?

March 29th, 2010, 04:49 PM
Short of coddling everything in a database with a special front end, you cannot prevent unauthorized copies.

That level of security is outside the usual security model in use today.