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Mounting remote samba share through SSH tunnel

Written by Solène, on 04 May 2018.
Tags: #unix

If for some reason you need to access a Samba share outside of the network, it is possible to access it through ssh and mount the share on your local computer.

Using the ssh command as root is required because you will bind local port 139 which is reserved for root:

# ssh -L 139:127.0.0.1:139 user@remote-server -N

Then you can mount the share as usual but using localhost instead of remote-server.

Example of a mount element for usmb

<mount id="public" credentials="me">
   <server>127.0.0.1</server>
   <!--server>192.168.12.4</server-->
   <share>public</share>
   <mountpoint>/mnt/share</mountpoint>
   <options>allow_other,uid=1000</options>
</mount>

As a reminder, <!--tag>foobar</tag--> is a XML comment.