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Old 17th July 2012, 06:50
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Default vsftpd and ISPConfig | Users can't log in

I've installed ISPConfig on my system, then decided to install vsftpd afterwards. From a configuration point of view, everything installed correctly, and seems to be running ok.
I am just not able to log in with any users and don't understand why.
What have I done wrong, or not done.

Below are the configurations I've setup for the various modules:
1) ISPConfig information
2) Login details supplied to FTP client
3) dbispconfig information
4) vsftpd.conf

1) FTP User added by Client in ISPConfig:
Website: only one website for this client
Username: ftp2_username
password: mypassword
active: is ticked
options: left as per default. points to client2/web2 folder

2) Login details supplied to FTP Client:
(Using FireFTP in Firefox)
Account Name:  Client Domain
Host: clientdomain.com
Login: ftp2_username          (have also tried  ftp2_username@clientcomain.com but no luck)
Password:  mypassword
Anonymous:  left unticked
Connection Type:  Passive Mode ticked
Security: None
Port:  21
Private Key: not able to set (as security is none)
Initial Directories Local:  left blank
Initial Directories remote:  left blank
No Advanced options set.
3) dbispconfig information:
I looked into the ftp_user table and can see an entry for the above mentioned account.
Fields are as follows:
ftp_user_id: 2
sys_userid: 3
sys_groupid: 3
sys_perm_user: ruid
sys_perm_group: ruid
server_id: 1
parent_domain_id: 2
username: ftp2_username
password:  (MD5 hash)
quota_size: -1
active: Y (ticked)
uid: web2
gid: client2
dir: /var/ww/clients/client2/web2
quota_files: -1
ul_ratio: -1
ul_bandwidth: -1
dl_bandwidth: -1
all other fields are blank

4) vsftpd.conf:
# Example config file /etc/vsftpd.conf
# Lines added by me in accordance to the HowToForge Guide
# Turn on SSL
# Allow anonymous users to use secure SSL connections
# All non-anonymous logins are forced to use a secure SSL connection in order
# to send and receive data on data connections (if YES, locks out non TLS users)
# All non-anonymous logins are forced to use a secure SSL connection in order
# to send the password (if YES, locks out non TLS users)
# Permit TLS v1 protocol connections. TLS v1 connections are preferred
# Permit SSL v2 protocol connections. TLS v1 connections are preferred
# permit SSL v3 protocol connections. TLS v1 connections are preferred
# Disable SSL session reuse (required by WinSCP)
# Select which SSL ciphers vsftpd will allow for encrypted SSL connections (required by FileZilla)
# The default compiled in settings are fairly paranoid. This sample file
# loosens things up a bit, to make the ftp daemon more usable.
# Please see vsftpd.conf.5 for all compiled in defaults.
# READ THIS: This example file is NOT an exhaustive list of vsftpd options.
# Please read the vsftpd.conf.5 manual page to get a full idea of vsftpd's
# capabilities.
# 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
# exclusive.
# Allow anonymous FTP? (Disabled by default)
# 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.
# 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.
# 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
# recommended!
# You may override where the log file goes if you like. The default is shown
# below.
# 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.
# 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=Welcome to blah FTP service.
# 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.
# 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
# access.
# 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.
I had force_local_data_ssl and force_local_logins_ssl both set to YES but changed them to NO while I'm trying to get the basics working.

In my /etc folder, where vsftpd.conf is, there is no vsftpd_user file.
I'm not quite sure how vsftpd checks login details against the data in mysql yet.

Last edited by Nap; 17th July 2012 at 07:16. Reason: added more info @ bottom
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