[CentOS] should vsftpd be disabled in favour of sftp for security reasons?
Robert P. J. Day
rpjday at crashcourse.ca
Fri Sep 17 06:08:19 EDT 2010
On Fri, 17 Sep 2010, Michel van Deventer wrote:
> > (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.
but you can configure vsftpd to have secure connection:
would that not address that issue? i'm not arguing against secure
communications, only that that manual page so cavalierly dismisses
vsftpd when it seems clear that you *can* configure vsftpd to be
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