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Old 04-01-2004, 03:30 PM   #1
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vsFTP or ProFTP plus upload question

I am running a server with Mandrake 9.2 and I want to set up and ftp server I am rather new to server admin and I am trying to decide witch one is easier to setup. Any Ideas??
I have a smoothwall machine setup between my network and my dsl I have a static ip. I want to be able to have anonymous logins from outside and inside the lan. I also would like to be able to have one user that can upload to /home/usr (for private stuff) and to /var/ftp/pub (incase I am away and feel the need to make something public) . Should I upload to /home/usr or mkd /var/ftp/private??? Should I use ftp to upload at all or is there a better way???
Thanks for any help or ideas that anyone may have.
Old 04-01-2004, 05:05 PM   #2
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FTP...isn't secure. I'm not necessarily saying you shouldn't use it....but secure ftp should be looked into

With regards to the folder...i personally don't see a difference as long as the directory permissions are set correctly
Old 04-01-2004, 06:12 PM   #3
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yeah Im trying to set up a FTP server too. FTP doesn't encrypt passwords - sends them in plain text - so everyone between your box and the client's can sniff them.
Can someone recooment a ftpd that is easily configured for additional security, like, SSL or TLS... that would be cool
my server is fedora core 1, and vsftpd comes with the distro... I have trouble setting up the anonymous logins, and Ill probably go with pureftpd, as lots of guys are recommending it (, or maybe proftp.
Old 04-01-2004, 06:50 PM   #4
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my anonymous users will not need passwords to log on so people can sniff for those all they want. but if i should not use a privlaged user to upload files is there anything else that I can use??? mostly I will just be uploading file from a trusted network (all of the pcs on the lan are mine) but i would still like to be able upload remotly and I can't just e-mail them to myself because I want to use the server for large files, such as dfferent distros' isos and other GNU programs that I have found that I would like to share..
Old 04-01-2004, 07:42 PM   #5
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If you're not worried about plain text passwords, I think that proftpd is the way to go. For me, it is robust and easy to setup. If you are worried about security, take a look a sftp, ftp with an ssh wrapper. I've never used, so I can't attest to how good or not good it is.


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