[CentOS] should vsftpd be disabled in favour of sftp for security reasons?

Michel van Deventer michel at van.deventer.cx
Fri Sep 17 05:55:24 EDT 2010

>   (another in an ongoing list of things i just want to clarify for the
> sake of future courses taught on centos.)
>   from this RHEL doc page:
> http://docs.redhat.com/docs/en-US/Red_Hat_Enterprise_Linux/5/html/Deployment_Guide/s1-openssh-server-config.html
> the reader is advised to, for the sake of security, remove/disable
vsftpd, ostensibly in favour of sftp/sftp-server.  really?
>   i can obviously see disallowing stuff like telnet and rsh and
> rlogin, that's a no-brainer.  but advising against vsftpd for the sake
of security?  i'm not sure i see the logic in that.  thoughts?
As FTP is a clear-text protocol, I would surely advise against leaving it
on :)
I only run a vsftpd server on one of my machines for the customers
comfort, but that will change in the near future !

I can easily image scenarios where unencrypted traffic with
usernames/passwords is disallowed.



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