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Unauthorized samba server on my pc?? :(

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November 18, 2010 9:15:45 PM

Hello everyone, I am having some trouble trying to figure out how I might have ended up as part of a Samba sever on my WAN...until now I would have considered myself to be a pretty computer savvy chick but in this case I find myself becoming more and more confused because someone hasn't printed the Samba for Dummies handbook yet! So here I sit, (this being my first forum post ever fyi) needing to know how the heck I became part of this Samba server (Belarc Advisor has informed me of this by accident, I thought it could magically tell me the Creative chip i had on my rocketfish soundcard but thats an entirely different sob story that I'll just have to hash out myself :) 
Ive searched everywhere to try to find info on this but everyone seems to want to get it to work with Windows 7 and not about any security measures we can take against it. I just really need to figure out how to
a.) find out if it really is on my pc
b.) get tangible proof so I can go open a can...
c.) get it off of my pc and then go open another can...

The name of the server is FREENAS... yes I am aware thats some sort of file sharing thing what I am concerned about is the stuff I was reading about SWAT and password monitoring.
Someone please put me out of my misery and tell me I am being paranoid or something! A THOUSAND TY'S IN ADVANCE!

November 18, 2010 11:09:28 PM

I am hoping that my post was not too over the top or anything but I am kind of wondering if I am in the right place to be asking this question? Sorry I am new to forum posting (not reading though lol) Let me know what you need of me and I'll get it to you promptly.
I also wanted to add that I am running Windows 7 Ultimate x64 if that helps any.
Thanks again :) 
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November 19, 2010 5:13:07 AM

Do you have a NAS? It would be unusual for someone who has one is not aware of it. Is one of the computers in the network running a Linux OS? Are sure you're connected to your own network and not someone else's?

November 19, 2010 12:06:53 PM

Thank you henydiah and saga for the response, in response to saga, yes I believe my roomate has it setup on his computer where he is at (on the third floor) I've never actually seen his setup (in respect for privacy? lol) but I see it on the network all the time. When I type it takes me to a white screen and asks for login and password and according to the Belarc Advisory tool it runs Linux as well.

@ Henydiah, I tried reading and comprehending as much as I could from the website you linked and ended up downloading Wireshark which is mentioned within it. Wireshark had me do A LOT of reading and had me racking my brain but it has given me what I need to know and it pointed me in the right direction. Also there were a ton of settings in the router that I saw were modified, VPNs and DCHPs, but I suppose a router reset and password might do the trick? I think that a little more research and some confrontation SHOULD solve everything though. If you have any other suggestions they are very welcomed and I thank you guys again for all your help!
February 11, 2011 4:43:16 PM


Did you ever find out what was happening with the samba server? I have a similar situation, it would be nice to get to the bottom of it.

a b 8 Security
a b $ Windows 7
February 11, 2011 5:09:17 PM

Since she discovered where the NAS was, it seemed likely it was a legitimate part of her network. If anything, the housemate had a security problem. If you have concerns in an identical situation, it may be as well top change the Default Gateway and DNS in your router.

February 11, 2011 7:04:00 PM

There is a linux box on the network, but I never installed Samba - does it get installed by the linux box or something? No NAS. I am in the process of switching around the network anyway, so I will take your suggestion, but I want Samba off, and I can't find it.

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a b $ Windows 7
February 11, 2011 8:08:05 PM

You didn't install Samba - it's on the other computer, not on yours. It's just a Linux version of Windows file sharing.
April 21, 2011 3:55:53 PM

Amy did you ever find out why you had "Samba Server" on you "Win 7" machine? I have a similiar situation. Please let us know.