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Which FTP server software do you use?


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Hi There,

I was just wondering.... what FTP server software do you use?

I now run Pure-FTPd with a MySQL backend and a webinterface for user administration.

I am moving to a new server, and I want to know what you run.


Best regards,


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Proftpd with either mysql or pgsql backend. Stock FreeBSD ftpd for low volume private things, since scp doesn't support resume.

Started on Proftpd a few years back, because it was "one of the good options" and the configuration syntax was similar to apache. Never looked back really.


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I started with proftpd with a mysql backend way back in the days, and then moved to pureftpd. Currently I use vsftpd as I find it easy to integrate with PAM(and ldap, AD etc.)


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pure-ftpd, vsftpd and also stock base system ftpd


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Proftpd.. also because it was a good option back then. I don't know if there are better alternatives, but I don't really care either.. I encourage our clients to use sftp/scp.



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hark said:
I use scp(1) for everything. Never saw much of a point in running a ftpd.
scp unfortunately doesn't really help a lot if you need to support non-expert users uploading files from a variety of desktop operating systems. FTP is still the lowest common denominator ...

I have been using the standard ftpd with groups to control access (most users get locked into their home directories).



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I have used wu-ftpd for a long time,
despite frequent security issues,
only one of the sites i have seen where compromised.
And that had a 3 year old version installed.

I have seen a good number of sites compromised by proftpd.
At one of such incidents, the problem was discussed on the
proftp mailinglist for 3 weeks, without any anouncment on the webseite.
After 4 weeks tehre was sill no security anouncment for this root-exploit.
Therefore I migrated all sites in reach to vsftp.
Today proftpd has more vulerabilities that wu-ftpd.

I prefer vsftpd now,
very stable and good throughput!

In doubt look at the code inside.


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vsftpd, but with no outside access. Users are advised to use an FTP client that supports scp (SSH).

The reason I have it at all is for things like auto-updating wordpress (which asks for ftp credentials). Outside access to the ftp daemon is blocked at the firewall.


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vsftpd, through xinetd,

Setup is very limited though. Flatfile user db, no differentiation between domains, All live under /var/www ...


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PureFTPd for the specific reason that it supports atomic file transfers, so that when uploading to a web site, the file is uploaded to a temp location and then atomically replaced into destination. This prevents a web client retrieving a partial web page. But, maybe the others can do that now, too. I use a MySQL backend and a php web interface for administrating virtual users.