How to Install Secure FTP

Follow these steps to install the secure FTP server:

  1. Install vsftpd with the following command:
$ sudo apt-get update

$ sudo apt-get install vsftpd
  1. After installation, we can configure vsftpd by editing /etc/vsftpd.conf. Before editing the configuration file, don’t forget to create a backup of the file.
$ sudo cp /etc/vsftpd.conf /etc/vsftpd.conf.bak
  1. First create the SSL certificate for the FTP server:
sudo openssl req -x509 -nodes -days 365 -newkey rsa:2048 -

keyout /etc/ssl/private/vsftpd.pem -out

/etc/ssl/private/vsftpd.pem

 

  1. Next, configure Vsftpd. Add or edit the following lines in vsftpd.conf:
anonymous_enable=no

local_enable=yes

write_enable=yes

chroot_local_user=yes

Add the SSL certificate created in the previous step:

rsa_cert_file=/etc/ssl/private/vsftpd.pem

rsa_private_key_file=/etc/ssl/private/vsftpd.pem

ssl_enable=yes

ssl_ciphers=high

force_local_data_ssl=yes

force_local_logins_ssl=yes

 

  1. Save and exit the configuration file.
  2. Restart the Vsftpd server:
$ sudo service vsftpd restart
  1. Now you can use any FTP client that supports the SFTP protocol to connect to your FTP server, for example, FileZilla.
About Sonam Dargay 82 Articles
Kuzu Zangpo la! I am Sonam Dargay, a student in the College of Science and Technology affiliated to The Royal University of Bhutan. I am a tech enthusiast student, studying Bachelor of Engineering in Information Technology.

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