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Old 07-11-2014, 04:58 AM   #1
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Unable to connect through sftp for a jailed user

Below are the steps followed:

1. create filesystem( /wlslogs ) to be used as the jail; ownership = root:root; permissions = 755

2. copy executable( sftp, scp, ksh ) from their source locations( /usr/bin/sftp ) into the jail ( /wlslogs/usr/bin/sftp )

3. find required library files for the executables with the 'ldd' command and copy them into the jail( /wlslogs/lib64.... ); this included both regular files and any links that might exist

4. add user id and jail directory to /etc/security/chroot.conf;
i400742 /wlslogs

5. if not already there, add line below to /etc/pam.d/sshd
session required

6. add 'UsePAM yes' to /etc/ssh/sshd_config

7. in the jail( /wlslogs ) -

- files etc/group, etc/passwd and directory home should include only the user that will access the jail

When i try to do sftp -vvv i400742@naohdubjsi501 i get below error:

debug1: fd 0 clearing O_NONBLOCK
debug3: fd 1 is not O_NONBLOCK
Transferred: sent 1760, received 2040 bytes, in 0.4 seconds
Bytes per second: sent 4824.4, received 5591.9
debug1: Exit status 1
Connection closed

If I comment out the line below from /etc/security/chroot.conf, I can successfully sftp as i400742 using WinSCP or the command line.

#i400742 /wlslogs

I am also able to connect via command line 'sftp' or WinSCP if I change permissions on /wlslogs to be 777.

Can anyone assist me what is wrong i am doing.
Old 07-14-2014, 06:36 AM   #2
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Hello ALL.. May be it looks lengthy and non understandable. So i am posting the question in short. Can anyone simply guide me how to configure sftp access to a server for a jailed user?
Old 07-14-2014, 07:29 AM   #3
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If you want that user, should be jailed in a directory, who logged in using sftp. Follow the process.
Old 08-04-2014, 09:23 AM   #4
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Hello..This article worked and jail is working fine for sftp now. But i am looking for a guide to allow scp also with sftp. But when i try to do scp i get below error:

# scp i400742@nakylexwls501:./.profile a073867@sapb8003:./myprofile
i400742@nakylexwls501's password:
This service allows sftp connections only.

Any idea what is wrong?
Old 08-05-2014, 04:55 AM   #5
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Open /etc/ssh/sshd_config on the server and comment following line.
ForceCommand internal-sftp
Restart ssh on the server and try to run the command again.


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