Getting More Information about FTP Servers

Getting More Information about FTP Servers

There are plenty of resources for gaining more information about FTP servers. Here are some of your options:

  • FAQ — The latest version of the WU-FTPD frequently asked questions list is available from To check out the vsFTPd FAQ, go to /usr/share/doc/vsftpd*/FAQ.

  • RFCs — Requests for comments are the documents that define standard protocols used with the Internet. The main RFC for FTP is RFC959. You can obtain RFCs from a variety of locations on the Internet, including the Internet RFC/FYI/STD/BCP Archives:

  • CERT — This organization provides useful documents for setting up FTP servers. Anonymous FTP Abuses describes how to respond to and recover from FTP server abuse. It also tells how to deal with software piracy issues. Anonymous FTP Configuration Guidelines provide general guidance in setting up your FTP area, as well as specific challenges of setting up a writable FTP area. Both of those documents are available from the CERT Tech Tips page (


    I strongly recommend reading the FTP documents from CERT. The tips in these documents will help keep your FTP server secure, while enabling you to offer the services that you want to share.

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