How to config ufw/ufw-frontends for Samba browsing/printing

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How to config ufw/ufw-frontends for Samba browsing/printing

Post by Fitzcarraldo » Sun Jul 10, 2011 20:19

I'm posting this just in case someone who uses the firewall that comes with SL 6 (ufw is the CLI and ufw-frontends is the GUI) cannot work out why browsing and printing via Samba on your home network is no longer working.

I'm assuming that UFW is enabled and is configured to start automatically at start-up, which I believe is the case if you install SL from the SL 6 KDE/GNOME LiveDVD (You can check your situation by using the commands ufw status and rc-update show | grep ufw as root user in a Konsole/Terminal window).

1. To access Windows SMB shares on a Windows PC and to print to a printer connected to that PC from a SL PC:

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# nano /etc/default/ufw
and add nf_conntrack_pptp and nf_conntrack_netbios_ns to list in IPT_MODULES

(Actually nf_conntrack_pptp allows a VPN to be used, but you may as well add it too while you're at it.)

2. To access Samba shares on a SL PC from a Windows PC, launch ufw-frontends and add the rule:

Direction: In
Action: Allow
Protocol: Any
Logging: Off

Address: Custom
Port: Any

Address: Any
Port: Application CIFS

and now the list of rules reported by ufw should include:

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# ufw status verbose
Status: active
Logging: on (low)
Default: deny (incoming), allow (outgoing)
New profiles: skip

To                         Action      From
--                         ------      ----
137,138/udp (CIFS)         ALLOW IN
139,445/tcp (CIFS)         ALLOW IN
N.B. My router uses as the internal IP address range for my home network. Your router may use a different internal address range, so check in your router's User Guide or its Web configuration page and modify your rule accordingly if necessary.

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