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Samba HowTo Guide
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Securing SWAT through SSL

Many people have asked about how to set up SWAT with SSL to allow for secure remote administration of Samba. Here is a method that works, courtesy of Markus Krieger.

Modifications to the SWAT setup are as follows:

  1. Install OpenSSL.

  2. Generate certificate and private key.

    root# 
    
    /usr/bin/openssl req -new -x509 -days 365 -nodes -config \
    	/usr/share/doc/packages/stunnel/stunnel.cnf \
    	-out /etc/stunnel/stunnel.pem -keyout /etc/stunnel/stunnel.pem
    
    
  3. Remove SWAT entry from [x]inetd.

  4. Start stunnel .

    root# 
    
    stunnel -p /etc/stunnel/stunnel.pem -d 901 \
    	 -l /usr/local/samba/bin/swat swat 
    
    

Afterward, simply connect to SWAT by using the URL https://myhost:901, accept the certificate, and the SSL connection is up.

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