One Samba contributor is working with Microsoft on a new set of SMB/CIFS documentation.
A recent post on the Samba team blog indicates that code contributor Chris Hertel and his Ubiqx consulting company are working with Microsoft on a new set of SMB/CIFS protocol documentation.
Samba is a longstanding open source project that provides code to allow interoperability between Linux/Unix servers and Windows-based clients.
The protocols will be published as part of Microsoft's MCPP/WSPP set, the blog said.
"This is the first Microsoft-sponsored SMB/CIFS documentation to be made available without restrictions since the 1997 IETF draft specifications," the Samba team blog said. "The first new document, [MS-CIFS], covers the SMB protocol as implemented in Windows NT. It is almost 500 pages at present, and is just entering the review and markup stage. It should be available in a few months."