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I used this guide to set up a Proftpd installation an Ubuntu 8.04 server... Works well, but the generic user ( userftp ) can run


and is able to change to any Directory and browse freely on the server ..from the root


and upwards.. I added this line to etc/shells


in hopes that that would prevent this ... I really only want the userftp account to be able to upload to the generic


directory, and be able to do nothing else on the server. How is this accomplished ... This is a headless Ubuntu box..and I am using CLI only .. no GUI admin tools

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Have you considered chrooting proftpd into /home/FTP-Shared? Then it can't access anything outside of there.

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Thanks, that was a helpful start...posting full solution below. – CaseyIT Mar 25 '10 at 11:27

Cry Havok is correct, you will have to set up chrooting. Also, the /bin/false will restrict the user from ssh'ing to the box. It has nothing to do with the ftp behaviour itself.

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Good to know, thanks. – CaseyIT Mar 25 '10 at 11:26

To achieve this, all I had to do was uncomment this line :

DefaultRoot                     ~

from this file:


and then run

sudo /etc/init.d/proftpd restart
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