I have a centos server running pure-ftp via aws. I have configured PureDB and added a user with correct permissions. I have opened up inbound ports 20/21 and 49152-65534 within the aws security group and then mapped these ports back into pure-ftpd using the Passive Port Range setting in the pure-ftpd config file. At this stage testing on the machine using ftp localhost works as expected; I can connect with my user and list the files.

Now when trying to connect to the server from my machine I added the ForcePassiveIP setting on the server and set as the public ip for the aws instance, then tried to connect; ftp <public-ip>. The connection works, I can login, but 90% of the time the passive connection is hanging and just displays 227 Entering Passive Mode (<public-ip>,<ports>) when I try to list the files. Similarly trying to upload a new file using an ftp client will hang and then fail:

Response: 227 Entering Passive Mode (<public-ip>,<ports>) Command: MLSD Error: Connection timed out Error: Failed to retrieve directory listing

Does anybody have any idea why this would be happening? Any help would be much appreciated.

NOTE: I had a similar issue on a Vagrant machine with the same OS/settings (minus the ForcePassiveIPsetting) and this worked fine after running modprobe ip_conntrack_ftp, however this is not the case for the aws server.


Do you have well configured your pure-ftpd config file with these params :

PassivePortRange  49152 65534

You can check what ports range is allowed on the OS with :

cat /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_local_port_range
  • Thanks for the response. Those settings were configured but what I did notice from your comment is that the PassivePortRange setting I had was incorrectly named as Passive Port Range. Changing this and restarting pure-ftpd fixed my issue. Cheers – Duncan Oct 31 '14 at 15:00

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