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Old 03-08-2004, 08:12 AM   #1
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Denying access to SSH but allow access to FTP

To anyone willing to help,

I would like to disallow access to SSH for certain users, but still allow them to access the server via FTP (running ProFTPd).
I have tried specifying /bin/false as the users default shell script, and this works, but users are then not able to access FTP.

Thanks in advance for any help.

Old 03-08-2004, 11:20 AM   #2
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In the sshd configuration file you can add an AllowUsers line. Basically, any user that isn't listed on that line (space separated) doesn't get to log into ssh.
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Another way to deny access in SSH, provided your system supports PAM, is to edit /etc/pam.d/sshd and add pam_listfile:
auth required /lib/security/ item=user sense=allow file=/etc/pam.d/acl/allow_ssh onerr=fail
Now list the names of the accounts, one on a line, you want to allow|deny (see "sense") in /etc/pam.d/acl/allow_ssh

FTP uses cleartext passwords and since that ain't secure you could use an Ftp daemon that can use PAM with external, non-system auth, like Vsftpd. Works kinda like the listfile option, the Vsftpd documentation is very clear on how to set it up.
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Sweet thanks for your help, I wanted to know the same info. I did it by just adding the AllowUsers in /etc/ssh/sshd_config.

Old 03-14-2004, 10:57 AM   #5
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Thanks for your help guys
Old 03-14-2004, 11:25 PM   #6
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About giving users /bin/false and then not being able to use ftp, proftpd defaults to requiring a valid shell to access the server. So if you just add RequireValidShell off to your proftpd conf file, you would have been set.


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