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I run an ssh server on my machine and I restrict access to certain users to sftp only with internal-sftp & ChrootDirectory. What I need is a way to execute a script before chrooting users. Actually, the goal is to mount an encrypted filesystem on client connection and unmount it on close. Thx in advance.

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If you don't want to hack the openssh code you have to use the external sftp server. If you do it is a simple matter of putting a wrapper around it. For example: in sshd_config

Subsystem       sftp    /usr/local/bin/sftp-server

In /usr/local/bin/sftp-server:

chroot /my/secret/stuff /usr/libexec/openssh/sftp-server

It might be possible to put a wrapper around sshd and launch the wrapper from inetd but launching sshd from inted is discouraged because it is to slow to start up.

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I it possible to pass arguments to the wrapper with this method, because each user has a different filesystem ? – fokenrute Sep 26 '10 at 14:19
I quickly found the answer to me previous question in the sshd_config man, but i ran into another issue: how can I access variables such as current user and his home directory from within sshd_config ? I tried : Subsystem sftp /path/to/sftp-wrapper %u, but the wrapper receives the string %u instead of the current user name. – fokenrute Sep 26 '10 at 15:26
You can't use %u here. The script runs as the user so you can examine $USER. The approach is starting to seem a bit hackish to me. – Mark Wagner Sep 27 '10 at 17:09

You can also use pam_script, a pam module to execute script from a pam authentication module. You can add it in your pam sshd configuration. URL:

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