FTP shared access , no anonymous

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  1. tonysch

    tonysch New Member

    Is there a way to setup multiple (or all) users having access to the same FTP directory using their login credentials, and no anonymous access?

    Thank you in advance...
  2. falko

    falko Super Moderator ISPConfig Developer

    No, that's not possible.
  3. tonysch

    tonysch New Member

    Is there a way to setup a "shortcut" from users ftp directory to another users ftp directory?

    TIA Tony
  4. public_domain

    public_domain New Member

    just curious. WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO DO THAT?
  5. falko

    falko Super Moderator ISPConfig Developer

    No, normal users don't have the permissions to do that. Only the admin can browse all user directories of a web site.
  6. vmlinuz

    vmlinuz New Member

    Oh,yes,you can.
    Something to think about:

    If you have VSFTP,

    FTP Users with Read-Only Access to a Shared Directory

    In this example, anonymous FTP is not desired, but a group of trusted users need to have read-only access to a directory for downloading files. Here are the steps:
    Disable anonymous FTP. Comment out the anonymous_enable line in the vsftpd.conf file:
    # Allow anonymous FTP?
    # anonymous_enable=YES
    Enable individual logins by making sure you have the local_enable line uncommented in the vsftpd.conf file:
    # Uncomment this to allow local users to log in.
    Start VSFTP.
    [[email protected] tmp]# service vsftpd start
    Create a user group and shared directory. In this case, use /home/ftp-users and a user group name of ftp-users for the remote users:
    [[email protected] tmp]# groupadd ftp-users
    [[email protected] tmp]# mkdir /home/ftp-docs
    Make the directory accessible to the ftp-users group:
    [[email protected] tmp]# chmod 750 /home/ftp-docs
    [[email protected] tmp]# chown root:ftp-users /home/ftp-docs
    Add users, and make their default directory /home/ftp-docs:
    [[email protected] tmp]# useradd -g ftp-users -d /home/ftp-docs user1
    [[email protected] tmp]# useradd -g ftp-users -d /home/ftp-docs user2
    [[email protected] tmp]# useradd -g ftp-users -d /home/ftp-docs user3
    [[email protected] tmp]# useradd -g ftp-users -d /home/ftp-docs user4
    [[email protected] tmp]# passwd user1
    [[email protected] tmp]# passwd user2
    [[email protected] tmp]# passwd user3
    [[email protected] tmp]# passwd user4
    Copy files to be downloaded by your users into the /home/ftp-docs directory.
    Change the permissions of the files in the /home/ftp-docs directory to read-only access by the group:
    [[email protected] tmp]# chown root:ftp-users /home/ftp-docs/*
    [[email protected] tmp]# chmod 740 /home/ftp-docs/*
    Users should now be able to log in via FTP to the server using their new usernames and passwords. If you absolutely don’t want any FTP users to be able to write to any directory, then you should set the write_enable line in your vsftpd.conf file to no:
    write_enable = NO
    Remember, you must restart VSFTPD for the configuration file changes to take effect.

    Sample Login Session to Test Functionality

    Here is a simple test procedure you can use to make sure everything is working correctly:
    Check for the presence of a test file on the FTP client server.
    [[email protected] tmp]# ll
    total 1
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 0 Jan 4 09:08 testfile
    [[email protected] tmp]#
    Connect to Bigboy via FTP:
    [[email protected] tmp]# ftp
    Connected to (
    220 ready, dude (vsFTPd 1.1.0: beat me, break me)
    Name ( user1
    331 Please specify the password.
    230 Login successful. Have fun.
    Remote system type is UNIX.
    Using binary mode to transfer files.
    As expected, you can’t do an upload transfer of testfile to bigboy:
    ftp> put testfile
    local: testfile remote: testfile
    227 Entering Passive Mode (192,168,1,100,181,210) 553 Could not create file.
    But we can view and download a copy of the VSFTPD RPM on the FTP server bigboy:
    ftp> ls
    227 Entering Passive Mode (192,168,1,100,35,173)
    150 Here comes the directory listing.
    -rwxr----- 1 0 502 76288 Jan 04 17:06 vsftpd-1.1.0-1.i386.rpm
    226 Directory send OK.
    ftp> get vsftpd-1.1.0-1.i386.rpm vsftpd-1.1.0-1.i386.rpm.tmp
    local: vsftpd-1.1.0-1.i386.rpm.tmp remote: vsftpd-1.1.0-1.i386.rpm
    227 Entering Passive Mode (192,168,1,100,44,156)
    150 Opening BINARY mode data connection for vsftpd-1.1.0-1.i386.rpm (76288 bytes).
    226 File send OK.
    76288 bytes received in 0.499 secs (1.5e+02 Kbytes/sec)
    ftp> exit
    221 Goodbye.
    [[email protected] tmp]#
    As expected, an anonymous FTP fails:
    [[email protected] tmp]# ftp
    Connected to (
    220 ready, dude (vsFTPd 1.1.0: beat me, break me)
    Name ( anonymous
    331 Please specify the password.
    530 Login incorrect.
    Login failed.
    ftp> quit
    221 Goodbye.
    [[email protected] tmp]#
    Now that testing is complete, you can make this a regular part of your FTP server’s operation.

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