Upgraded from F30 to F31, now Android TV Box cannot connect to SMB shares

I was happily running my Android TV boxes (they used Kodi aka “TV Centre”) to map to a few SMB shares on my Fedora 30 PC. Last night I upgraded to Fedora 31. As of then I cannot get an SMB connection to Fedora (although from Windows I got it to work).

I running in permissive SELINUX mode, and port 445 is open on the firewall. I’ve set
client min protocol = NT1
which allowed the ES File Explorer on my phone to work again, but Kodi does not see the shares at all. If I browse it doesn’t even detect the SAMBA server.

I’m guessing there is something going on with the new version of SAMBA. Any ideas how I can get this to work and redeem myself in the eyes of my family?!

Hello.

Fedora 31 uses Samba 4.11, which drops SMB1 support for being insecure (https://www.samba.org/samba/history/samba-4.11.0.html). I think, but I’m not quite sure, that this is the reason why VLC on my Android TV stopped finding my Samba shares after upgrading to VLC v3.2 (https://forum.videolan.org/viewtopic.php?f=36&t=151186). Perhaps your Android TV box is running a old version of Kodi that uses SMB1. I replaced VLC for Kodi v18.5 Leia on my TV and everything worked fine again.

Are you running Windows 10?

Regards.

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Thanks for that. I did three things:

  1. Changed the smb.conf file according to the discussion here: https://discourse.osmc.tv/t/cant-access-nas-from-rpi2/38353
    I don’t know if all of it was needed, and I haven’t bothered to debug it further as it’s on my home network.
  2. I upgraded Kodi (the version 17.3 that it came with did not work at all). This I believe was the SMB version support that you mentioned. You mentioned 18.5 Leia - I’m on 19.something alpha. I see the SMB v2 and v3 support in it now.
  3. I couldn’t browse for the share like I used to, but instead had to “add a new network location” and there put in the IP address and user credentials. From there, I could use the newly created location to browse the shares on the Samba Server.

Thank you for your feedback.

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