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Old 03-15-2007, 10:48 AM   #1
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Building a Secure File Transfer Gateway - thoughts please

I am looking to build a secure File Transfer Gateway for my company.

in a perfect world I would like to be able to do the following:

- upload and download files
- schedule transfers to occur at any time, regularly or one off
- use FTP, SFTP, HTTP and CIFS/SMB (maybe even FTP/SSL)

While I know that can shell script all of these I am hoping to find a package that does this. I have looked around for a few horus now and can't find anything and I am hoping someone can help.

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Your requirements can either include FTP OR 'secure', but not both. Same for HTTP.
What do you mean by a 'gateway'? Normally, the services you mention can run as seperate daemon processes on one Linux host, however this is not really a gateway in any sense. Perhaps you simply mean a firewall that isolates the one or more individual hosts that provide these services? I doubt that you will find any one package that provides all of these services, and indeed, why would you want to? What would be the advantage, other than possibly slightly less one-time configuration effort. The standard packages that provide these services are mature, mostly well documented, and mostly bug free.
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Old 03-15-2007, 01:43 PM   #3
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I agree with your points. I am hoping to find a single package that acts as a front end to some, or all, of these things.

The purpose is to acts as a gateway for transferring files in and out of a company. These files need to be received, inspected (antivirus etc), logged and then forwarded. Files need to go to a number of other companies, some of which want FTP, some want SSH/SCP, some want FTP/SSL. I guess their security people are just like that.

Sure, I could use perl to do all of these things, and it would work well. But I am hoping that there is something else out there. I am feeling perlish lazy.

My current idea would be some kind of tool that acts as configuration tool for all of these tools. In the same way that Firestarter acts as a configuration tool for IPtables.

Thanks for your reply.



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