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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories System Management
Created by Guest
Created on Aug 2, 2022

Navigator for i - Add functionality to File Systems -> for File Shares to be hidden by placing a $ at the end of the share name.

Improve security and the implementation of security by offering a function within Navigator for i --> File Systems --> File Shares that would RENAME file shares to have a $ on the end of the Share Name to prevent file shares from being discoverable on the network and thus considered hidden.
Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Oct 17, 2022
    Thank you for submitting this request.

    While it may appear that hiding a share by appending a $ character improves security, the security benefit is mostly an illusion. When a client requests a list of shares from an SMB server, the whole list of shares hosted by that server is returned to the client over the network. That includes all of the shares ending with a $ as well. The SMB client chooses whether to honor the hiding of shares ending with a $ or not.

    The reliance on the client's good faith to hide shares ending with a $ makes this request to encourage the use hidden shares have minimal security benefit to our users. IBM does not plan to implement this request at this time.
  • Guest
    Aug 18, 2022
    IBM has received your Idea and is evaluating it. IBM will provide a response after evaluation is complete.
    IBM Power Systems Development