Rackspace Cloud Essentials - CentOS - Configuring a user in vsftpd

  • Last updated on: 2015-12-30
  • Authored by: Rackspace Support

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Rackspace Cloud Essentials - CentOS - Installing vsftpd

This article shows you how to create a system user in vstfpd and chrooting (jail - isolation to their home directory) them if necessary.

Add your system user

Yes, it is this simple, creating a new user for ftp access in vsftpd is as easy as creating a new valid linux system user.

useradd test
passwd test

Disable SSH access for FTP users

The default user creation script will give a user the /bin/bash shell, which can be a little too powerful. If you don’t want your users logging into your server via SSH, we need to know how to block this access. If you change the shell to /bin/false, the users will only be able to login via ftp or mail if you have that setup. Here is how to modify your users:

usermod -s /sbin/nologin test

Chroot a user

Alright and probably the most important part of this article is the ability to lock a user down to their own home directory so they don’t go around mucking with things they aren’t supposed to. When a user logs in they will be unable to move up a level in the directory structure.

That pretty much covers it for vsftpd, and at this point you should be able to create a new system user, set them up for vsftpd and do some basic tweaks to their access level.

Next steps

Return to the Cloud Servers introduction page and choose the applicable option for DNS & Domain Management.

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