View Full Version : [ubuntu] SFTP in 8.10

December 17th, 2008, 04:38 PM
Hi all,

I'm trying to configure a SFTP server that allows one of my users to securely transfer files into and out of, with tight restrictions and no ability to actually log in. Having read through a number of other tutorials I've reached a bit of an impasse. The relevant part of my /etc/ssh/sshd_config file is below:

Subsystem sftp internal-sftp

Match user username
ChrootDirectory /home/username
X11Forwarding no
AllowTcpForwarding no
ForceCommand internal-sftp

The next code is after I've run the chown root.root /home/username command listed from http://www.debian-administration.org/articles/590.

/home#ls -alF
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2008-12-17 14:17 username/

The relevant section of /etc/passwd is:


I can ssh in as any of the normal users I've created, and can't with the username user. I can SFTP in with the normal users, but when I try to connect as username from FileZilla I get the error message:

Error: Fatal: unable to initialise SFTP on server: could not connect
Error: Could not connect to server

All there is in /var/log/messages is

Dec 17 13:54:14 bb-sftp -- MARK --
Dec 17 14:14:14 bb-sftp -- MARK --
Dec 17 14:34:14 bb-sftp -- MARK --
Dec 17 14:54:14 bb-sftp -- MARK --
Dec 17 15:14:14 bb-sftp -- MARK --
Dec 17 15:34:14 bb-sftp -- MARK --

Other than a clue(!), what am I missing??