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Thread: apt-get & vsftpd

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2013

    apt-get & vsftpd

    I have inherited a system with Ubuntu 8.04, and I'm working with vsftpd. I'm having a problem with it and I want to be sure I have the latest version. Here's what I see:
    ndusr@ftp:~$ dpkg -s vsftpdPackage: vsftpd
    Status: install ok installed
    Priority: extra
    Section: net
    Installed-Size: 396
    Maintainer: Ubuntu Developers <>
    Architecture: i386
    Version: 2.0.6-1ubuntu1.2
    Provides: ftp-server
    Depends: adduser, libc6 (>= 2.4), libcap1, libpam-modules, libpam0g (>=, libssl0.9.8 (>= 0.9.8f-1), libwrap0, lsb-base (>= 1.3-9ubuntu3), netbase, ssl-cert (>= 1.0-11ubuntu1), sysv-rc (>= 2.86.ds1-14.1ubuntu2), update-inetd
    Recommends: logrotate
    Conflicts: ftp-server
     /etc/init.d/vsftpd c66e30cd4415701071de757f39e5cc24
     /etc/pam.d/vsftpd 6153c5fb6ac31f73553f0a02feaaab3b
     /etc/logrotate.d/vsftpd d1db1f8a362fad77f4f28b2a67443764
     /etc/vsftpd.conf 71e44babc55664dec72fb1e6118557ce
     /etc/ftpusers 839f3157aad792bafbbdcd932a95a345
    Description: The Very Secure FTP Daemon
     A lightweight, efficient FTP server written from the ground up with
     security in mind.
     vsftpd supports both anonymous and non-anonymous FTP, PAM authentication,
     bandwidth limiting, and the Linux sendfile() facility.
    Original-Maintainer: Matej Vela <>
    This says to me I have version 2.0.6 (!?) - I know the latest is >3. I've tried `apt-get update && apt-get upgrade`, but it doesn't appear to touch vsftpd. Maybe my sources aren't getting updated?

    Any help would be appreciated.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2007

    Re: apt-get & vsftpd

    There is a total disconnect between running version 8.04 and wanting the latest version of anything.

    Support for 8.04 desktop ended 12 May 2011. So your system does not have the libraries and dependencies required to support the latest version of any packages. According to my 12.10 system, the currently available version of vsftpd from the standard repos is

    don@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-cache policy vsftpd
      Installed: (none)
      Candidate: 2.3.5-3ubuntu1
      Version table:
         2.3.5-3ubuntu1 0
            500 quantal/main amd64 Packages
    You are going to have to do a version upgrade (actually several version upgrades) of your system before you can get a newer version of vsftpd. Instructions to upgrade the version are here.
    Intel Core i7-950 / Asus P6X58D-E / Nvidia GTX480 / siduction 64-bit on OCZ Revodrive SSD / KDE4.10.2/ Kubuntu 13.04

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Xubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus

    Re: apt-get & vsftpd

    You could get the latest version from here:

    However, it might not work on a version of Linux which will be five years old in a couple of weeks.

    If the computer has sufficient specs, you could download and install Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, or Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Xubuntu. The current Ubuntu really would like to have 1 GB of memory, Lubuntu should be fine with 512 MB. Old CPUs are generally OK, not enough memory is a deal breaker.

    There have been several security updates since support was dropped for 8.04, so it's not a good idea to continue using it.


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