Is it possible to only send files from a win10 machine (A), patched to disable SMBv1/CIFS client with 1803, to a very old device (B) using passwordless SMBv1 (strictly)?

I was thinking along the lines of smbclient or curl or some other smb-capable file-transfer (open source) application for win10.

Will I need special privileges on computer A? Firewall? I do not want to tick the dreaded "Enable SMBv1/CIFS client" tickbox as this, as I understand it, will leave the machine exposed again to WannaCry.

If this is not possible or security risks are high can I setup a linux box to send the files instead of the win10? The other side (B) can not be upgraded. It is strictly SMBv1 passwordless.


One possibility could be, as @Leshy mentioned, to skip Windows' file sharing protocol completely, although I would complement his answer with a strong recommendation to ensure you use one of the encrypted SFTP or FTP/S protocols rather than plain old FTP. If security is a concern you will not want to be sending logon credentials and files in plain-text over the network.

Another potential solution could be to set up a more protected relay server ("R") between A and B, which could be configured with the regular SMBv3 server protocol but still have the SMBv1 client installed. Have the user copy files from A to R, and then run a script invoking robocopy or xcopy to copy from R to B, for example.

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  • yes, setting R (either as a NAS, a linux box or a raspberry box) is a good option but I want to try the "common-sense" option first and run a smb-client on "A". So bottomline is: 1) will a 3rd-party smb-client (curl) will work on win10 without ticking any security boxes and without admin? or 2) if I tick the "SMBv1/CIFS client" box, will that entail a security risk? Or is it equivalent to installing curl on "A"? – bliako Jan 8 at 10:37
  • Security on "B" is of no concern - or rather it is beyond repair, It is a valuable CNC machine controlled by a mickymouse M$DOS which runs SMBv1 only. Upgrading it or installing FTP on it, is pure theory. because the machine is on-production, plus with M$ the lower the version the better ;) If it were me I would put all Linux everywhere and increase productivity by 2x and security by 4x. These guys since April/2018 (1803 patch appeared) have lost network contact with machine and use ... for 20 months now ... floppy disks ... and M$ washes hands by "are you sure you want to tick SMBv1 box?" – bliako Jan 8 at 10:47
  • thanks for your input! I will keep posted. I will know in a few hours when I go there. – bliako Jan 8 at 10:47
  • I have posted a more general question here hope that's ok with site policy – bliako Jan 8 at 11:30
  • Floppy disk transfer is actually a secure, if tedious, mitigation. Not a total air gap, which would be necessary if you turned SMB1 on. – John Mahowald Jan 8 at 16:50

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