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I can easily block requests to a directory using a .htaccess file with "deny from all". However, I allow want to allow FTP access via clients and browsers alike. Is there a way I can restrict the denial to HTTP requests only?

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are you using mod_ftp? – the-wabbit Feb 1 '12 at 7:50
@syneticon-dj: It doesn't show up under phpinfo(). However, mod_proxy_ftp is present, as is the --enable-ftp flag. – Luke Dennis Feb 1 '12 at 8:29
Could you elaborate a bit more on how you actually have set up FTP? Is your Apache serving FTP at all? mod_proxy_ftp is just doing FTP proxying, it is not an FTP server as such. The output of netstat -anp | egrep ":21.*LISTEN" should help identify the FTP server process – the-wabbit Feb 1 '12 at 8:45
Hm. I misdiagnosed the issue; it turns out FTP is not being served by Apache after all, so this question is irrelevant in this case. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction. – Luke Dennis Feb 1 '12 at 9:07
up vote 1 down vote accepted

Adding as an answer based on comment exchange:

Apache has support for providing FTP services via the optionally loadable module mod_ftp, but most likely you have a dedicated FTP server process running alongside with your web services. The output of netstat -anp | egrep ":21.*LISTEN" which lists all listening sockets on port 21 (ftp) and the process name keeping the socket(s) open should help identify the FTP server process.

I believe mod_ftp uses the same access control mechanisms as the apache server and simply inherits what permissions you've defined for the virtual directory or within the .htaccess file. I can't find any reference that this behavior can be changed in the mod_ftp documentation.

If a different FTP server is used, it likely does not use .htaccess directives for access control. Refer to the respective software documentation on how to set access controls in this case.

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