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Old 09-15-2002, 11:06 AM   #1
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securing FTP

I need some suggestions on how to secure FTP transactions. Presently, I'm on ports 20/21 for my FTP process and now need to study/find out about using an alternative way to 'ditch' this and incorporate some form of encrypted FTP.

I've done a little reading on openssl, does the sftp use a different port ? Almost sounds like it's using the same https 443 port.

What's the best way to proceed Thanks ahead !

Old 09-15-2002, 12:11 PM   #2
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sftp connects to the OpenSSH package which normally runs on port 22 (you can change it in /etc/ssh/sshd_config).

I suggest you use OpenSSH, it works fine and works from Windows aswell (using WinSCP which is freeware). I use it a lot and it works great.
Old 09-15-2002, 01:38 PM   #3
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got it!

Thanks for the response. I'll continue with openssh and tunnel it into 22 via ssh.
Old 09-16-2002, 02:46 PM   #4
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I don't think that he had tunneling in mind when the suggestion was made. I'm assuming that he meant to use the SFTP server. Although I prefer to use OpenSSH myself, another option is linux-ftpd-ssl which can be found over at

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