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Old 04-12-2006, 05:43 AM   #1
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vsftpd : localhost connection refused problem


I am trying to set up vsftpd as a server to allow a web page on an ISP to dial-up and grab images from a web-cam to be located at my kart racing track.

I am running Redhat 9. I successfully got vsftpd working standalone by running the commmands
<usr/sbin/vsftpd &>
<ftp localhost>
I got all the expected responses. I could <ls> the directory OK.

I then modified the vsftpd.conf file to run from xinetd.
now when I run:
<ftp localhost>
I get the response:
ftp : connect : connection refused

vsftpd is running but I can't make a connection for test purposes. The log is empty.
I have checked to make sure PAM is linked OK. I have checked the xinet.d file vftpd file entry. It all looks OK to me.

Can anyone tell me where I am going wrong? I am only a Linux beginner so any help would be much appreciated.

My next step is to set up a guest login. I want to restrict who can dial-up and transfer images to prevent the phone line being hogged. The aim is to regularly update a related webpage at the ISP.

Below is my vsftpd.conf file.

# Example config file /etc/vsftpd.conf


# The default compiled in settings are very paranoid. This sample file

# loosens things up a bit, to make the ftp daemon more usable.


# Allow anonymous FTP?



# Uncomment this to allow local users to log in.



# Uncomment this to enable any form of FTP write command.



# Default umask for local users is 077. You may wish to change this to 022,

# if your users expect that (022 is used by most other ftpd's)



# Uncomment this to allow the anonymous FTP user to upload files. This only

# has an effect if the above global write enable is activated. Also, you will

# obviously need to create a directory writable by the FTP user.



# Uncomment this if you want the anonymous FTP user to be able to create

# new directories.



# Activate directory messages - messages given to remote users when they

# go into a certain directory.



# Activate logging of uploads/downloads.



# Make sure PORT transfer connections originate from port 20 (ftp-data).



# If you want, you can arrange for uploaded anonymous files to be owned by

# a different user. Note! Using "root" for uploaded files is not

# recommended!



# You may override where the log file goes if you like. The default is shown

# below.


# If you want, you can have your log file in standard ftpd xferlog format



#YES Turns on per-command logging, FTP protocol commands, that is , triggered by
#but distinct from FTP user-space commands. Good for troubleshooting.



# You may change the default value for timing out an idle session.



# You may change the default value for timing out a data connection.



# It is recommended that you define on your system a unique user which the

# ftp server can use as a totally isolated and unprivileged user.



# Enable this and the server will recognise asynchronous ABOR requests. Not

# recommended for security (the code is non-trivial). Not enabling it,

# however, may confuse older FTP clients.



# By default the server will pretend to allow ASCII mode but in fact ignore

# the request. Turn on the below options to have the server actually do ASCII

# mangling on files when in ASCII mode.

# Beware that turning on ascii_download_enable enables malicious remote parties

# to consume your I/O resources, by issuing the command "SIZE /big/file" in

# ASCII mode.

# These ASCII options are split into upload and download because you may wish

# to enable ASCII uploads (to prevent uploaded scripts etc. from breaking),

# without the DoS risk of SIZE and ASCII downloads. ASCII mangling should be

# on the client anyway..




# You may fully customise the login banner string:

ftpd_banner=You have connected to the Kart Sport Webcam FTP server.


# You may specify a file of disallowed anonymous e-mail addresses. Apparently

# useful for combatting certain DoS attacks.


# (default follows)



# You may specify an explicit list of local users to chroot() to their home

# directory. If chroot_local_user is YES, then this list becomes a list of

# users to NOT chroot().


# (default follows)



# You may activate the "-R" option to the builtin ls. This is disabled by

# default to avoid remote users being able to cause excessive I/O on large

# sites. However, some broken FTP clients such as "ncftp" and "mirror" assume

# the presence of the "-R" option, so there is a strong case for enabling it.




#enable for standalone mode




Old 04-12-2006, 05:51 AM   #2
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You could place your code inside tags, so it would look nicer. Don't know if it helps, but try setting listen to yes and restart vsftpd.
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I had a similar problem with fedora core 1. only way I got it to work again was to reinstall.
Old 04-13-2006, 02:26 AM   #4
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My understanding is that the "listen=no" tells vsftpd that it is being run as a service from xinetd. Yes says it is standalone.

I setup this machine as a server and ticked the "ftp" option when Redhat was first installed. I might try installing a later version of vsftpd as an option of last resort.

Thanks for your ideas.

Old 04-13-2006, 02:34 AM   #5
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Have you allowed vsftpd in /etc/hosts.allow ??

something like

vsftpd: ALL

That will allow everything, then you can refine it by inly allowing hosts on your network and loopback.
Old 04-14-2006, 05:52 AM   #6
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I managed to solve the problem by reinstalling vsftpd using the following commands:

First uninstall vsftpd
#rpm -e vsftpd

locate the rpm from the redhat 9 distro cds and install
#rpm -ivh vsftpd vsftpd-1.1.3-8.rpm

turn on the vsftpd servie
#chkconfig vsftpd on

start vsftpd
#service vsftpd start

check that it is running
#netstat -a | grep ftp
you should get a response that looks like
tcp 0 0 *:ftp *.* LISTEN

Before changing any config files, I did the following test

#ftp localhost

I got logged on as anonymous and got a connection. It now works.

Documents I have found don't seem to agree on whether vsftpd runs stand-alone, or not in Redhat 9. The default config indicates it does run stand-alone.


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