View Full Version : [ubuntu] Does anyone have vsftpd w/ ssl/tls running on 9.10?
February 26th, 2010, 10:39 PM
I have been futzing around with this for longer than any reasonable person would. If you have this working could you please post how you got it. No matter what I do I get no feedback in /var/log/vsftpd.log to help.
Here is my vsftpd.conf
ftpd_banner=Welcome to node1 FTP service.
again nothing gets posted in any log anywhere with regard to vsftpd even though it is running. I think something fails with regard to TLS initialization as filezilla gives me this:
Status: Connection established, initializing TLS...
Error: Connection timed out
Error: Could not connect to server
I have a self signed certificate in /etc/ssl/certs/vsftpd_cert.pem
If anyone has this working could you please advise me on a working conf, and possibly how you created the certificate.
I'm using v 2.2.0 from the repositories on a pretty fresh install of 9.10 server(less than 24hrs old).
February 27th, 2010, 05:48 AM
After a fair amount of trial and error and the subsequent loss of 10-20% of the hair on the top of my head I believe I have found a serious security issue. I will not detail the issue here.
Can anyone tell me what this issue means and what I should do to resolve it, if anything?
(Reading database ... 61281 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking vsftpd (from .../vsftpd_2.2.0-1ubuntu1_amd64.deb) ...
Processing triggers for man-db ...
Setting up vsftpd (2.2.0-1ubuntu1) ...
vsftpd user (ftp) already exists, doing nothing.
update-rc.d: warning: vsftpd stop runlevel arguments (0 1 6) do not match LSB Default-Stop values (1)
This is after doing sudo apt-get purge vsftpd and reinstalling it.
February 27th, 2010, 07:23 AM
After filing a bug, and doing some more investigation I believe the vsftpd package is unusable and possibly a malicious threat as it exists in the repositories currently, at least for 9.10.
February 27th, 2010, 08:02 AM
Use SFTP (SSH) instead. The design of the FTP protocol means that its next to imposable to encrypt it and actually have it work at the same time.
March 31st, 2010, 12:37 AM
Yes, I've been using vsftpd with TLS encryption on 9.10 x64 for a while now, no problems what so ever. I love it. Utterly stable.
Here is my vsftpd config file:
# Run standalone? vsftpd can run either from an inetd or as a standalone
# daemon started from an initscript.
# Run standalone with IPv6?
# Like the listen parameter, except vsftpd will listen on an IPv6 socket
# instead of an IPv4 one. This parameter and the listen parameter are mutually
# 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
# You may override where the log file goes if you like. The default is shown
# 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.
# 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 on some FTP servers, ASCII support allows a denial of service
# attack (DoS) via the command "SIZE /big/file" in ASCII mode. vsftpd
# predicted this attack and has always been safe, reporting the size of the
# raw file.
# ASCII mangling is a horrible feature of the protocol.
# You may fully customise the login banner string:
ftpd_banner=In Nomeni Patri Et Fili Spiritus Sancti.
# You may specify a file of disallowed anonymous e-mail addresses. Apparently
# useful for combatting certain DoS attacks.
# (default follows)
# You may restrict local users to their home directories. See the FAQ for
# the possible risks in this before using chroot_local_user or
# chroot_list_enable below.
# 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.
#real time data
#Client connection limit
#FTP Root Files
# Debian customization
# Some of vsftpd's settings don't fit the Debian filesystem layout by
# default. These settings are more Debian-friendly.
# This option should be the name of a directory which is empty. Also, the
# directory should not be writable by the ftp user. This directory is used
# as a secure chroot() jail at times vsftpd does not require filesystem
# This string is the name of the PAM service vsftpd will use.
# This option specifies the location of the RSA certificate to use for SSL
# encrypted connections.
# This option specifies the location of the RSA key to use for SSL
# encrypted connections.
March 31st, 2010, 04:15 AM
Oh yeah, I used these series of instructions to configure vsftpd:
Also, from the vsftpd home page https://calomel.org/vsftpd.html there is this great sh script that runs from the command line called vsftpd_watcher.sh It shows which user is logged in, bandwidth, file downloading or uploading, etc.
Also using EtherApe that displays a nice visual map of who is (IP address of user) connected to my server. Its a decent setup, so Etherape running with a transparent console running vsftpd_watcher.
I'm also running a tail on the vsfptd log file to view additional info. "sudo tail -f /var/log/vsftpd.log
Anyway, save this script as .sh
## Calomel.org VsFTPd Watcher -- vsftpd_watcher.sh
while [ 1 ]
echo " Calomel.org VsFTPd watcher `date`"
ps -C vsftpd -o user,pid,stime,cmd
# echo "----total-cpu-usage---- -dsk/total- -net/total- ---paging-- ---system--"
# echo "usr sys idl wai hiq siq| read writ| recv send| in out | int csw "
dstat 1 5
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