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Old 05-06-2005, 11:32 AM   #1
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vsftp.conf slackware - only root can login

I'm having troubles configureing vsftpd to not allow anon users, and to only allow local users.

Interesting enough, it will allow root to long (uhoh, I dunno how to disable that) but none of my local users.

I'm running slack 10.1 and here is my /etc/vsftp.conf

root@ricotta:/etc# cat vsftpd.conf
# Example config file /etc/vsftpd.conf
# The default compiled in settings are fairly paranoid. This sample file
# loosens things up a bit, to make the ftp daemon more usable.
# Please see vsftpd.conf.5 for all compiled in defaults.
# READ THIS: This example file is NOT an exhaustive list of vsftpd options.
# Please read the vsftpd.conf.5 manual page to get a full idea of vsftpd's
# capabilities.
# Allow anonymous FTP? (Beware - allowed by default if you comment this out).
# Uncomment this to allow local users to log in.
# Uncomment this to enable any form of FTP write command.
# Default umask for local users is 077. You may wish to change this to 022,
# if your users expect that (022 is used by most other ftpd's)
# Uncomment this to allow the anonymous FTP user to upload files. This only
# has an effect if the above global write enable is activated. Also, you will
# obviously need to create a directory writable by the FTP user.
# Uncomment this if you want the anonymous FTP user to be able to create
# new directories.
# Activate directory messages - messages given to remote users when they
# go into a certain directory.
# Activate logging of uploads/downloads.
# Make sure PORT transfer connections originate from port 20 (ftp-data).
# If you want, you can arrange for uploaded anonymous files to be owned by
# a different user. Note! Using "root" for uploaded files is not
# recommended!
# You may override where the log file goes if you like. The default is shown
# below.
# If you want, you can have your log file in standard ftpd xferlog format
# You may change the default value for timing out an idle session.
# You may change the default value for timing out a data connection.
# It is recommended that you define on your system a unique user which the
# ftp server can use as a totally isolated and unprivileged user.
# nopriv_user=ftpsecure
# Enable this and the server will recognise asynchronous ABOR requests. Not
# recommended for security (the code is non-trivial). Not enabling it,
# however, may confuse older FTP clients.
# By default the server will pretend to allow ASCII mode but in fact ignore
# the request. Turn on the below options to have the server actually do ASCII
# mangling on files when in ASCII mode.
# Beware that turning on ascii_download_enable enables malicious remote parties
# to consume your I/O resources, by issuing the command "SIZE /big/file" in
# ASCII mode.
# These ASCII options are split into upload and download because you may wish
# to enable ASCII uploads (to prevent uploaded scripts etc. from breaking),
# without the DoS risk of SIZE and ASCII downloads. ASCII mangling should be
# on the client anyway..
# You may fully customise the login banner string:
ftpd_banner=Welcome to ThorServers FTP service.
# You may specify a file of disallowed anonymous e-mail addresses. Apparently
# useful for combatting certain DoS attacks.
# (default follows)
# You may specify an explicit list of local users to chroot() to their home
# directory. If chroot_local_user is YES, then this list becomes a list of
# users to NOT chroot().
# (default follows)
# You may activate the "-R" option to the builtin ls. This is disabled by
# default to avoid remote users being able to cause excessive I/O on large
# sites. However, some broken FTP clients such as "ncftp" and "mirror" assume
# the presence of the "-R" option, so there is a strong case for enabling it.

Any ideas?


Last edited by Pozican; 05-06-2005 at 06:31 PM.
Old 05-07-2005, 08:45 PM   #2
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use your favorite editor and edit /etc/ftpusers Add root and ftp in there. Save and close it and your all done.

You add root in the to not allow root to log in threw ftp for security. You ad ftp in there to stop anon ftp users from logging on.

Hope this helps!
Old 05-08-2005, 12:14 AM   #3
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That works flawlessly, because then root or ftp can't login...

If I was using proftpd that is -- vsftp doesn't use the ftpusers file...

Nevertheless I swapped to proftpd and did what you said -- however, now none of my users can login...
Old 05-08-2005, 11:03 AM   #4
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ummm I dunno then, normal users should be able to log in if you add root or ftp to ftpusers.

I use proftp instead of vsftp so I thought it would use the ftpusers file as well, sorry


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