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Installation

 

Installation method would vary depending on what kind of Linux you are using. In some case, it might have been installed by default. I use Ubuntu and I used the following command. (If you are using different variations of Linux, google on how to install the program)

 

# sudo apt-get install vsftpd

 

 

Configuration

 

Just installing vsftpd would not make it work. You have to perform proper configurations in /etc/vsftpd.conf.

 

First when I tried to run vsftpd from command line, i got errors as follows.

 

# vsftpd

500 OOPS: vsftpd: not configured for standalone, must be started from inetd

# vsftpd

500 OOPS: could not bind listening IPv4 socket

 

I google a lot for the solution, but most of them didn't work. For me, configuring following two lines /etc/vsftpd.conf worked.

 

listen=YES

background=YES

 

To enable anonymous account work, I set as follows.

 

anonymous_enable=YES

 

Now you have to specify a directory which would map to the anonymous account. In my case, I set as follows. This mean you have to create the directory specified here.

 

anon_root=/home/ftp_anon

 

Following is the full contents of vsftpd.conf that I used for this tutorial.

 

Sample Configuration : vsftpd.conf ------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

# Example config file /etc/vsftpd.conf

#

# Run standalone?  vsftpd can run either from an inetd or as a standalone

# daemon started from an initscript.

listen=YES

background=YES <== I noticed some vsftpd does not support this option and gives error message if I put this

#

# 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

# exclusive.

#listen_ipv6=YES

#

# Allow anonymous FTP? (Beware - allowed by default if you comment this out).

anonymous_enable=YES

anon_root=/home/ftp_anon

#

# Uncomment this to allow local users to log in.

local_enable=YES

#

# Uncomment this to enable any form of FTP write command.

write_enable=YES

#

# 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)

#local_umask=022

#

# 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.

#anon_upload_enable=YES

#

# Uncomment this if you want the anonymous FTP user to be able to create

# new directories.

#anon_mkdir_write_enable=YES

#

# Activate directory messages - messages given to remote users when they

# go into a certain directory.

dirmessage_enable=YES

#

# If enabled, vsftpd will display directory listings with the time

# in  your  local  time  zone.  The default is to display GMT. The

# times returned by the MDTM FTP command are also affected by this

# option.

use_localtime=YES

#

# Activate logging of uploads/downloads.

xferlog_enable=YES

#

# Make sure PORT transfer connections originate from port 20 (ftp-data).

connect_from_port_20=YES

#

# 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!

#chown_uploads=YES

#chown_username=whoever

#

# You may override where the log file goes if you like. The default is shown

# below.

#xferlog_file=/var/log/vsftpd.log

#

# If you want, you can have your log file in standard ftpd xferlog format.

# Note that the default log file location is /var/log/xferlog in this case.

#xferlog_std_format=YES

#

# You may change the default value for timing out an idle session.

#idle_session_timeout=600

#

# You may change the default value for timing out a data connection.

#data_connection_timeout=120

#

# 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.

#async_abor_enable=YES

#

# 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.

#ascii_upload_enable=YES

#ascii_download_enable=YES

#

# You may fully customise the login banner string:

#ftpd_banner=Welcome to blah FTP service.

#

# You may specify a file of disallowed anonymous e-mail addresses. Apparently

# useful for combatting certain DoS attacks.

#deny_email_enable=YES

# (default follows)

#banned_email_file=/etc/vsftpd.banned_emails

#

# 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.

#chroot_local_user=YES

#

# 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().

# (Warning! chroot'ing can be very dangerous. If using chroot, make sure that

# the user does not have write access to the top level directory within the

# chroot)

#chroot_local_user=YES

#chroot_list_enable=YES

# (default follows)

#chroot_list_file=/etc/vsftpd.chroot_list

#

# 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.

#ls_recurse_enable=YES

#

# Customization

#

# Some of vsftpd's settings don't fit the filesystem layout by

# default.

#

# 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

# access.

secure_chroot_dir=/var/run/vsftpd/empty

#

# This string is the name of the PAM service vsftpd will use.

pam_service_name=vsftpd

#

# This option specifies the location of the RSA certificate to use for SSL

# encrypted connections.

rsa_cert_file=/etc/ssl/private/vsftpd.pem

 

 

Start

 

You can start the vsftpd in one of the following ways. (sudo service vsftpd start seems working better)

 

#sudo vsftpd

 

or

 

# sudo service vsftpd start

 

 

Stop

 

You can stop the vsftpd as follows. I recommend you to try 'ps -Al' after stop to make it sure that the vsftpd is successfully killed. use 'kill' command if the following command does not work properly.

 

# sudo service vsftpd stop

 

 

Restart

 

You can restart the vsftpd in one of the following ways.

 

# sudo service vsftpd restart