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Old 02-04-2004, 04:54 PM   #1
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Unhappy FTP Login issues

I have been having ftp login issues, particularly from windows based systems using Internet Explorer. From dos is ok.
I logged the last connection.

Can anyone tell me what this means:

Jan 09 12:13:37 proftpd[8256] ([]): FTP session opened.
Jan 09 12:13:37 proftpd[8256] ([]): USER John: Login successful.
Jan 09 12:15:56 proftpd[8257] ([]): FTP session opened.
Jan 09 12:15:56 proftpd[8257] ([]): USER John: Login successful.
Jan 09 12:18:37 proftpd[8256] ([]): FTP session closed.
Jan 09 12:23:29 proftpd[8299] Failed binding to, port 21: Address already in use
Jan 09 12:23:29 proftpd[8299] Check the ServerType directive to ensure you are configured correctly.
Jan 09 12:23:58 proftpd[8257] ([]): FTP session closed.

All incoming ftp occurances (port 21) are routed from my router to the address
I am assuming that ServerType directive means how my server is set up - which is standalone.
Old 04-01-2004, 11:55 AM   #2
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I had the same problem.

Apr 1 19:02:25 sun proftpd[3802]: - Failed binding to, port 21: Address already in use
Apr 1 19:02:25 sun proftpd[3802]: - Check the ServerType directive to ensure you are configured correctly.

[root@sun xinetd.d]# netstat -tanp
Connexions Internet actives (serveurs et établies)
Proto Recv-Q Send-Q Adresse locale Adresse distante Etat PID/Program name
tcp 0 0* LISTEN 3001/fam
tcp 0 0* LISTEN -
tcp 0 0* LISTEN -
tcp 0 0* LISTEN 2471/mysqld
tcp 0 0* LISTEN 2493/smbd
tcp 0 0* LISTEN 1350/ypserv
tcp 0 0* LISTEN 2201/rpc.mountd
tcp 0 0* LISTEN 2170/rpc.rquotad
tcp 0 0* LISTEN 2384/spamd -d -c -a
tcp 0 0* LISTEN 1269/portmap
tcp 0 0* LISTEN 2656/httpd2
tcp 0 0* LISTEN 2475/perl
tcp 0 0* LISTEN 1940/X
tcp 0 0* LISTEN 1878/rpc.ypxfrd
tcp 0 0* LISTEN 3973/xinetd
tcp 0 0* LISTEN 1961/named
tcp 0 0* LISTEN 1961/named
tcp 0 0* LISTEN 1985/sshd
tcp 0 0* LISTEN 3973/xinetd
tcp 0 0* LISTEN 2078/cupsd
tcp 0 0* LISTEN 2364/master
tcp 0 0* LISTEN 1961/named
tcp 0 0* LISTEN 2656/httpd2
tcp 0 0* LISTEN 1334/rpc.statd
tcp 0 0* LISTEN 2696/lisa

The problem was due to the fact that inetd was listening of port 21, which is precisely the port use by proftp.

Here is the content of my the proftpd.conf file:

[root@sun etc]# more /etc/proftpd.conf
# This is a basic ProFTPD configuration file (rename it to
# 'proftpd.conf' for actual use. It establishes a single server
# and a single anonymous login. It assumes that you have a user/group
# "nobody" and "ftp" for normal operation and anon.

ServerName "ProFTPD Default Installation"
ServerType inetd
DefaultServer on

# Allow FTP resuming.
# Remember to set to off if you have an incoming ftp for upload.
AllowStoreRestart on

# Port 21 is the standard FTP port.
Port 21

# Umask 022 is a good standard umask to prevent new dirs and files
# from being group and world writable.
Umask 022

# To prevent DoS attacks, set the maximum number of child processes
# to 30. If you need to allow more than 30 concurrent connections
# at once, simply increase this value. Note that this ONLY works
# in standalone mode, in inetd mode you should use an inetd server
# that allows you to limit maximum number of processes per service
# (such as xinetd).
MaxInstances 30

# Set the user and group under which the server will run.
User nobody
Group nogroup

# To cause every FTP user to be "jailed" (chrooted) into their home
# directory, uncomment this line.
#DefaultRoot ~

# Normally, we want files to be overwriteable.
<Directory />
AllowOverwrite on

# Needed for NIS.

PersistentPasswd off

# Default root can be used to put users in a chroot environment.
# As an example if you have a user foo and you want to put foo in /home/foo
# chroot environment you would do this:
# DefaultRoot /home/foo foo
Include /etc/proftpd-anonymous.conf

My problem came from Servertype which was Standalone and which should have been inetd (as I use inetd and do not run proftpd as daemon)

Finally, my proftpd-xinetd file looks like this:

[root@sun etc]# more /etc/xinetd.d/proftpd-xinetd
# default: off
# description: proftpd server, xinetd version. \
# Don't run the standalone version if you run \
# this!
service ftp
disable = no
socket_type = stream
wait = no
user = root
server = /usr/sbin/in.ftpd
log_on_success += DURATION USERID
log_on_failure += USERID
nice = 10

I have also deleted the FTP file from that directory.
Now you just have to adapt proftpd.conf file in order to grant / deny access to users.
I have spent evenings during 2 weeks trying to solve this. Hope this will also work fine for you with those indications.



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