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Re: chrooted ftpd?

2011/6/23 der Mouse <>:
> I'm trying to set up a chrooted FTP area for internal use.  I'm running
> into roadblock after roadblock, and have finally reached the point
> where I'm beginning to wonder if I'm going about this wrong.
> I started out with a chroot area with an etc/inetd.conf containing just
> one line
> stream tcp4 nowait:120 nobody /usr/libexec/ftpd ftpd -ll -d
> Then I started testing and adding things (libraries, mostly) until ftpd
> started.
> Next problem was that ftpd doesn't tell even the local logs why it
> denies access, when it does; I had to add debugging syslog() calls to
> figure that out.  (Turns out an entry in ftpchroot doesn't allow access
> without an entry in ftpusers too.)
> Then I ran into the getusershell() idiocy.  I call it idiocy because
> the interface design is cripplingly broken (there's no way to tell it
> "any program is allowed" or "any program in this directory is allowed"
> or any such).  And ftpd has no configuration knob to say "yes, dammit,
> allow this user (or, shell) anyway".  So I ripped that code out.
> Then it exploded, logging
> in openpam_configure(): No required or binding component in service ftpd, 
> facility auth
> pam_start: system error
> I was unable to find any documentation on what this meant or what I
> would have to copy over to fix it; in particular, openpam_configure has
> no manpage.  I even googled for "pam" and "chroot" in,
> though I shouldn't have to resort to anything off-system for something
> like this.  It turned up nothing useful anyway.
> Rather than dig through the source to find it, I took this as an excuse
> to finally figure out how to make PAM go away (something I've been
> meaning to do ever since I discovered 4.0.1 had had PAM inflicted on
> it), dusted off an old memory that there was a way to disable PAM
> entirely for the whole system, dug a bit, and added MKPAM=no to
> /etc/mk.conf.  Rebuild ftpd yet again.  Sure enough, doesn't try to
> link in PAM noww.
> Then it wouldn't authenticate because it couldn't read the password
> hash.  So I did a chmod 644 of spwd.db and master.passwd in the chroot.
> It *still* wouldn't authenticate.
> Turns out getpwent() refuses to even _try_ to read spwd.db unless
> geteuid() returns zero!!  And, as far as I can tell, ftpd has no way to
> have it use anything but getpwent() to get passwords.
> I'd really really prefer to not run ftpd as root inside the chroot.
> Should I just stop even trying to use NetBSD's ftpd and look for
> something a bit saner, or pull out the machete and wade into ftpd?

I like pure-ftpd. Small, secure, easy and powerful.
You can have virtual users (non-system users) only for ftp
and you can chroot them all. (In this case not the application is
chrooted, but the users when logged in.)
Works fine, and can do stuff like throttling and ip denying, etc, etc.


> Or am I just missing some option that should be jumping off the page at
> me but isn't?
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