This global parameter allows the Samba admin
to limit what interfaces on a machine will serve SMB requests. It
affects file service smbd
8 and name service nmbd
8 in a slightly different ways.
For name service it causes nmbd to bind to ports 137 and 138 on the interfaces listed in the parameter. nmbd also binds to the "all addresses" interface (0.0.0.0) on ports 137 and 138 for the purposes of reading broadcast messages. If this option is not set then nmbd will service name requests on all of these sockets. If is set then nmbd will check the source address of any packets coming in on the broadcast sockets and discard any that don't match the broadcast addresses of the interfaces in the parameter list. As unicast packets are received on the other sockets it allows nmbd to refuse to serve names to machines that send packets that arrive through any interfaces not listed in the list. IP Source address spoofing does defeat this simple check, however, so it must not be used seriously as a security feature for nmbd.
For file service it causes smbd 8 to bind only to the interface list given in the parameter. This restricts the networks that smbd will serve, to packets coming in on those interfaces. Note that you should not use this parameter for machines that are serving PPP or other intermittent or non-broadcast network interfaces as it will not cope with non-permanent interfaces.
If is set and the network address 127.0.0.1 is not added to the parameter list smbpasswd 8 may not work as expected due to the reasons covered below.
To change a users SMB password, the smbpasswd by default connects to the localhost - 127.0.0.1 address as an SMB client to issue the password change request. If is set then unless the network address 127.0.0.1 is added to the parameter list then smbpasswd will fail to connect in it's default mode. smbpasswd can be forced to use the primary IP interface of the local host by using its smbpasswd 8 -r remote machine parameter, with remote machine set to the IP name of the primary interface of the local host.
|Registry Path||Software\Policies\Samba\smb_conf\bind interfaces only|
|Value Name||bind interfaces only|