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Old 12-21-2006, 02:47 PM   #1
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chroot sftp - restritct home directory access

I have a working chrooted sftp setup using rssh. The users log into their accounts and they are kept within /home/chroot. The chroot is laid out like:

When user1 logs into their account they are able to move up the directory tree to /home/chroot/home and go into user2's home directory. How do I prevent this?

Old 12-22-2006, 09:15 AM   #2
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Hi Zach,
If they are able to traverse doesnt it defeat the very purpose of having a chroot jail? The user should basically not see anything except his home directory and not be able to browse directories at all.

I havent done a chroot with sftp but I believe its not allowed as this link suggests.

There apparently seems to be a patch however .. so you might want to search around on this page.

Just incase you feel you dont want to apply this patch and still want to use FTP I would suggest trying out Vsftpd. I can vouch that it's chroot mechanism does work. Incase you need help setting Vsftpd lemme know..I'll pass on my exact config file so you can use it as a reference.

Remember that you will need to copy binaries and libraries used by Sftp into the jail as well to have it fully functional... Here's a link:

p.s.... Seriously though.. go for Vsftpd compiled with SSL if its not too much to ask of your firewall. Your call

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