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Old 09-04-2003, 01:44 AM   #1
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How to make a secure ftp server ?


I would like to make a secure ftp server with ssh on my linux mandrake 9.1 server.
I know ssh and use it for terminal access but i would like to use it for ftp access from internet.

Can somebody help me ?

Can i use ssh with Proftp for example ?

Thank you.

Old 09-04-2003, 01:49 PM   #2
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Have you looked at sftp? It's part of the ssh package, even uses the same port. For my server, I've firewalled port 21 and use sftp exclusively.

Putty makes a great sftp client for windows called psftp. You can find it here:
With it you won't need Proftp at all.
Old 09-04-2003, 04:39 PM   #3
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From you rmessage you are trying to create a FTP Server. If you want to do that you can either use ProFTP or WUFtp. Make sure to make it a change rooted ftp server or the people loggin in will be able to traverse all of your file systems.

sftp is a great ftp client. ssh also has some features that you can create a chrooted ssh/sftp enviroment, if you want to use ssh. The benifit of this is that the traffic is encrypted and not clear text.

If you use ProFTP or WU and make it chrooted, you are on your way...

Old 09-05-2003, 04:21 AM   #4
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Do NOT use Wu-FTPD if you want a SECURE ftp server. I suggest vsftpd with VIRTUAL users. Search the forum for my thread regarding it. I have set up vsftpd with virtual users and it works fine :-)

This will also be a topic at my upcoming website


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