ProFTPD

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
ProFTPD
Logo of ProFTPD.png
Developer(s) John Morrissey, Michael Renner, Daniel Roesen, TJ Saunders, et al.
Stable release 1.3.5 / May 15, 2014 (2014-05-15)
Operating system Unix-like systems
Type FTP daemon
License GPL
Website proftpd.org

ProFTPD (short for Pro FTP daemon) is a FTP server. ProFTPD is Free and open-source software, compatible with Unix-like systems and Microsoft Windows (via Cygwin). Along with vsftpd and Pure-FTPd, ProFTPD is among the most popular FTP servers in UNIX-like environments today. Compared to those, which focus e.g. on simplicity, speed or security, ProFTPD's primary design goal is to be a highly feature rich FTP server, exposing a large amount of configuration options to the user.[1][2]

History[edit]

ProFTPD grew out of the desire to have a secure and configurable FTP server, at a time where the most common FTP server was wu-ftpd, which was not very feature rich and had a poor security history. Since it appeared inefficient to the developers of ProFTP to integrate new features in wu-ftpd and increase its security profile, which would have made necessary a complete redesign of wu-ftpd, they decided to start their own project from scratch: ProFTPD.[3] The exact project launch date is uncertain today; the currently available news notes reach back to version 1.2.Opre9 dated 1999-10-27.[4]

Supported platforms[edit]

  1. AIX
  2. BSD/OS
  3. DG/UX
  4. Digital Unix
  5. FreeBSD
  6. HP/UX
  7. IRIX
  8. Linux for IBM S/390, zSeries
  9. Linux
  10. Mac OS X
  11. NetBSD
  12. OpenBSD
  13. SCO
  14. Solaris
  15. SunOS
  16. Windows (via Cygwin)

Configuration and features[edit]

ProFTPD includes a number of options that are not available with many other ftp daemons.[5] The configuration of ProFTPD is performed in a single main configuration file called /etc/proftpd/proftpd.conf. Due to its similarities to the configuration file of Apache HTTP Server it is intuitively understandable to someone who uses this popular web server.

Some of the most noticeable features are:[6]

  • Per directory ".ftpaccess" configuration similar to Apache's ".htaccess"
  • Multiple virtual FTP servers and anonymous FTP services
  • Runs either as a stand-alone server or from inetd/xinetd, depending on system load
  • Anonymous FTP root directories do not require any specific directory structure, system binaries or other system files
  • No SITE EXEC command, which in modern Internet environments represent a security issue
  • Hidden directories and files, based on Unix-style permissions or user/group ownership
  • Runs as a configurable non-privileged user in stand-alone mode in order to decrease chances of attacks which might exploit its "root" abilities
  • Logging and utmp/wtmp support.
  • Shadow password suite support, including support for expired accounts
  • Modular design, allowing server to be extended easily with modules. Modules have been written for SQL databases, LDAP servers, SSL/TLS encryption, RADIUS support, etc.
  • IPv6 support

Graphical user interface[edit]

Screenshot of GAdmin-ProFTPD showing the user administration tab.
Screenshot of GAdmin-ProFTPD showing the user administration tab.

ProFTPD comes with a Command-line interface (CLI) only, but there are several third party Graphical user interfaces (GUI) existing for ProFTP for users who prefer this to the CLI, or like to use a combination of both. Especially when it comes e.g. to real time monitoring of current user actions and file transmissions, a GUI can be very helpful and superior to the CLI. Some existing GUIs for ProFTPD are (selection):

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]