How to Install and Configure vsftpd on Ubuntu
What is Vsftpd ?
Warning: FTP is inherently insecure. If you must use FTP, consider securing your FTP connection with SSL/TLS. Otherwise, it is best to use SFTP, a secure alternative to FTP. In This blog you ‘ll learn how we can install and configure vsftpd server on ubuntu.
The first two letters of vsftpd stand for “very secure” and the program was built to have strongest protection against possible FTP vulnerabilities.
Below you can find the steps that how to install and configure vsftpd in Ubuntu.
Steps to Install and configure vsftpd
Step 1. Install Vsftpd
Run the following commands to install vsftpd and any required packages with root privileged.
root@linuxtweaks:~# apt-get update root@linuxtweaks:~# apt-get -y install vsftpd
Step 2. Configure Vsftpd
Edit the vsftpd configuration file with you favourite editor.
Disallow anonymous, unidentified users to access files via FTP; change the anonymous_enable setting to NO
Allow local uses to login by changing the local_enable setting to YES
If you want local user to be able to write to a directory, then change the write_enable setting to YES
Local users will be ‘chroot jailed’ and they will be denied access to any other part of the server; change the chroot_local_user setting to YES
Save and Exit that file.
Step 3. Configure the User’s Home Directory
Because of a recent vsftpd upgrade, vsftpd is “refusing to run with writable root inside chroot”. A handy way to address this issue to is to take the following steps
- Create a new directory within the user’s home directory
- Change the ownership of that file to root
- Make all necessary changes within the “files” subdirectory
mkdir /home/username/files chown root:root /home/username
Then, as always, restart Vsftpd service to take affects
service vsftpd restart
Step 4. Ch-Root vsftpd users
- if your Vsftpd version if 3.x add the following line in your vsftpd configuration file to Keep non-chroot listed users jailed and then restart vsftpd service.
root@linuxtweaks:~# echo "allow_writeable_chroot=YES" >> /etc/vsftpd.conf root@linuxtweaks:~# service vsftpd restart
- if your have an extended vsftpd version (vsftpd-ext) then add the following line and restart vsftpd service
root@linuxtweaks:~# echo "allow_writable_chroot=YES" >> /etc/vsftpd.conf root@linuxtweaks:~# service vsftpd-ext restart
Check you vsftpd Version by running following command.
root@linuxtweaks:~# vsftpd -v vsftpd: version 3.0.2
Step 3. Access the FTP server
Once you have installed the FTP server and configured it to your liking, you can now access it.
You can reach an FTP server in the browser by typing the domain name into the address bar and logging in with the appropriate ID. Keep in mind, you will only be able to access the user’s home directory. ftp://linuxtweaks.in/
Alternatively, you can reach the FTP server through the command line by typing:
Then you can use the word, “exit,” & ctrl+d to get out of the FTP shell.
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