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We will run a small website on HTTPS with a messaging system and an entry to a secure FTP website (all on the same server). The purpose is to provide a secure website for exchanging messages and documents between a limited number of users. It's for a group that does legal research.
I'd like to further restrict the FTP website so that each user logs in with a username/password and has access to only certain folders/directories.
Any suggestions on the underlying distribution and its configuration would be welcome. Thanks in advance.
I have used openSuSE as a small webserver, and I'm familiar with Slackware and various desktop distributions.
Underlying distribution is largely moot in this discussion, use a real server distribution and one you're comfortable with. My suggestions would be debian, slackware, or centos pared down to a bare minimum install and then install what you need specifically. Make sure you're not running services you're not using and make sure you're actively updating from the repo/packages as required to keep the system secure. If you have any questions or issues once you start the configure post up here and we'll be glad to help you.
I installed 'CentOS 5.4' as a minimal install, added the base system and installed 'Webmin.' Then I downloaded Apache with 'mod_ssl' and 'mod_nss' (which I suspect I do not need). I now have 'https' and 'ssh' running on the system.
However, I can't decide whether 'sftp' or 'vsftp' is the way to go. I want a secure ftp server running that can be accessed by a web browser, and I want to configure it with a Unix login.
I've been reading about 'scp,' 'sftp,' 'vsftp' and 'ftps' In some write-ups, it appears that 'vsftp' will handle 'ssl' and secure login. In others, it appears that I need to use 'sftp' but I'm uncertain whether that allows me to access the 'sftp' server by browser or whether I need something else.
'Webmin' does not include a module for 'vsftp' or 'sftp' so it's no help.
vsftp will actually do both sftp and ftps, scp is handled by the ssh daemon and if you're using winscp to get the files in place it is likely all you'll need. If you've got customers who need to put files in place you might want to look at sftp/ftps.