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Old 01-19-2004, 12:58 PM   #1
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linux newbe proftpd

I am trying to set up a private proftpd server on my slackware box. I can log in to the Anonymous account using the basic proftpd.conf file that loads with Slackware 9.1 with .. ftp localhost u:ftp pblank). I want to set up private users for the machine.

I have read everyway about setup and nothing seems to work. I'm looking for specific info. For example If I do a
useradd <enter>
temp <enter>

passwd temp<enter>
1temp2 <enter>

Should I be able to login in with that user or is there a specific string I need to do? Is there another file I need to change or do I need to add temp to a group (which I would want to do in the future so that I can jail the group to a specific directory tree).

Can some one give a some help. Like I said I have read thru everything I can find and most is vague.

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Old 01-19-2004, 06:02 PM   #2
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Private meaning what? If you add a user to your system, that user will be able to log into their home directory. If you want their home directory to be a certain partition like /home/public_ftp_area, then edit /etc/passwd for the user account to make the changes. Good Luck man, post back if you have more questions.
Old 01-19-2004, 09:44 PM   #3
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I have users that can login to the box, but not thru ftp.

For example:
User: mainftp
Pass: ftpmain1

If I try to check the account thru ftp..

ftp localhost <enter>

(server tells me it running and asks for a username to log in)

If I give the user/pass above I get a connection failed.

If I use User: ftp and Pass: (blank) I get connection accepted.

I'm looking for a means to check configuration whether it is local or external from a winblow box/.
Old 01-20-2004, 10:15 PM   #4
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User: ftp

This account is a default anonymous FTP account.

That account is an anonymous ftp account as stated in /etc/ftpusers.
If you want to change that remove or comment "ftp" from /etc/ftpusers.

My configuration files...


# This is a basic ProFTPD configuration file.
# It establishes a single server and a single anonymous login.
# It assumes that you have a user/group "nobody" and "ftp"
# for normal/anonymous operation.

ServerName "ProFTPD Default Installation"
#ServerType standalone
ServerType inetd
DefaultServer on

# Port 21 is the standard FTP port.
Port 24
# 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 that the server normally runs at.
User nobody
Group nogroup

# This next option is required for NIS or NIS+ to work properly:
#PersistentPasswd off

SystemLog /var/log/proftpd.log
TransferLog /var/log/xferlog

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

# A basic anonymous FTP server configuration.
# To enable this, remove the user ftp from /etc/ftpusers.
<Anonymous ~ftp>
RequireValidShell off
User ftp
Group ftp
# We want clients to be able to login with "anonymous" as well as "ftp"
UserAlias anonymous ftp
# Limit the maximum number of anonymous logins
MaxClients 50

# We want 'welcome.msg' displayed at login, and '.message' displayed
# in each newly chdired directory.
DisplayLogin welcome.msg
DisplayFirstChdir .message

# Limit WRITE everywhere in the anonymous chroot
<Limit WRITE>

# An upload directory that allows storing files but not retrieving
# or creating directories.
# <Directory incoming/*>
# <Limit READ>
# DenyAll
# </Limit>
# <Limit STOR>
# AllowAll
# </Limit>
# </Directory>



# ftpusers This file describes the names of the users that may
# _*NOT*_ log into the system via the FTP server.
# This usually includes "root", "uucp", "news" and the
# like, because those users have too much power to be
# allowed to do "just" FTP...
# Version: @(#)/etc/ftpusers 3.00 02/25/2001 volkerdi
# Original Author: Fred N. van Kempen, <>
# The entire line gets matched, so no comments or extra characters on
# lines containing a username.
# To enable anonymous FTP, remove the "ftp" user:

# End of ftpusers.
Old 01-21-2004, 06:52 AM   #5
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The only differances that I see in any file is that you comment out

If I do this will it won't it give access to all users including root?
Old 01-21-2004, 07:02 AM   #6
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notolerance, the users in /etc/ftpusers are the one's who you don't wish to let log on.



Allows root, uucp and news to log in.
Old 01-21-2004, 10:56 AM   #7
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OK, That's what I thought, I'll let you know if I get it running tonight. Thanks for all your help.


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