no password prompt for share also accessible anonymously

Bug #119774 reported by Wladston Viana on 2007-06-11
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gnome-vfs2 (Ubuntu)
Ubuntu Desktop Bugs

Bug Description

I have a SAMBA server for my home. I've setup shares that are guest-accessible, but are only writable by authenticated users.

On a windows box, it shows a prompt asking for the password - if it is provided, the access is authenticated. If it isn't provided, it falls to the guest access.

But, on a Ubuntu box, using nautilus to browse to "network", it doesn't ask for the password, and there are no options on Gnome GUI to set the user/password to use when connecting to the share. The only way to access the shares with the proper permission is editing the /etc/fstab file, as said on the guide :

The expected is to have a prompt when connecting, asking the password or suggesting the use of guest account, or having a "properties" on the server, where one can set the username/password to use.

iGadget (igadget) wrote :

I totally agree on this one. Integrating an Ubuntu desktop in an existing Windows networking environment is simply painfull at the moment and seriously slows Ubuntu adoption in a Windows-dominated world. And by that, it's slowing progress on fixing bug #1. Confirmed.

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Thank you for your bug. What version of nautilus do you use? The "connect to server" dialog has an username, doesn't it work on your installation?

Changed in gnome-vfs2:
assignee: nobody → desktop-bugs
importance: Undecided → Low
status: Confirmed → Needs Info
Wladston Viana (wladston) wrote :

Oh, yeah, now I see it has.

But it's not integrated on the browser. I'm using ubuntu feisty.

The only way to bring this dialog at the moment is going to Places -> connect to server

If one goes to places -> networking, it's not doable ...

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

> If one goes to places -> networking, it's not doable ...

it's available in the file menu also there

Wladston Viana (wladston) wrote :

Oh - again I missed it. But I doubt the average user would check the file menu in order to check the contents of a share ...

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :
Changed in gnome-vfs2:
status: Incomplete → Confirmed
Changed in gnome-vfs:
status: Unknown → New
Changed in gnome-vfs2:
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Wladston Viana (wladston) wrote :

still an issue in 8.10

viktor (lfraisse) wrote :


Moreover with 8.10: partitions mounted (under a still open user session) are accessible to guests.

Guest sessions were supposed to give access to as little private data as necessary. I imagine there's a revamping planned since it's not very useful to need an user to open a session before a guest can use the computer.
I think Guest should be a choice on login, but I can picture the big change that would mean right now. Jaunty maybe?

Changed in gnome-vfs:
importance: Unknown → Medium
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