Setup secure ProFTPd

Ftp can be secured using ftps to connect. Below outlines a configuration to support such a setup using TLS/SSL.

I usually use the epel repository to install proftpd:

yum --enablerepo=epel install proftpd

Configure for tls/ssl connection:

<IfModule mod_tls.c>
TLSEngine   &nbsp;    &nbsp;    &nbsp;    &nbsp;    on
TLSRequired   ;     ;     ;     ;   off
TLSRSACertificateFile &nbsp;    &nbsp;    /etc/pki/tls/proftpd/server.cert.pem
TLSRSACertificateKeyFile&nbsp;    &nbsp;  /etc/pki/tls/proftpd/server.key.pem
TLSVerifyClient  &nbsp;    &nbsp;    &nbsp;    off
TLSRenegotiate  &nbsp;    &nbsp;    &nbsp;     required off
TLSLog   &nbsp;    &nbsp;    &nbsp;    &nbsp;    &nbsp;  /var/log/proftpd/tls.log

chroot and bindsocket to listen to single IP:

SocketBindTight  &nbsp;    &nbsp;    &nbsp;    on
DefaultRoot   ;     ;     ;     ;   ~

Setup passive ftp ports:

PassivePorts 50000 51000

Create the certs:

mkdir -p /etc/pki/tls/proftpd
cd /etc/pki/tls/proftpd
openssl req -new -x509 -days 9999 -nodes -out server.cert.pem -keyout server.key.pem

Create /etc/pam.d/ftp so PAM can authenticate for proftpd:

auth    required   &nbsp;   &nbsp; nullok
account required   &nbsp;
session required   &nbsp;

Add "/bin/false" to "/etc/shells" file and use it as the shell type when creating new users:

useradd -s /bin/false <ftp_user>