SMB/CIFS connection timeout kernel-3.10.0-957.21.3.el7

After upgrading to kernel-3.10.0-957.21.3.el7 on a CentOS server, I experienced connection timeout issues on Windows servers trying to access SMB shares. On the contrary, I was able to access the share using a Linux system without any problem.

The bug was reported in CentOS Bug Tracker and it’s caused by one of the patches applied to address CVE-2019-11478.

Some applications set tiny SO_SNDBUF values and expect TCP to just work.
Recent patches to address CVE-2019-11478 broke them in case of losses, since re-transmits might be prevented.

To (temporarily) fix this issue, I increased SO_SNDBUF value in /etc/samba/smb.conf:

socket options = TCP_NODELAY IPTOS_LOWDELAY SO_KEEPALIVE SO_RCVBUF=65536 SO_SNDBUF=65536