Introduction to vsFTPD

The vsFTPD package contains a very secure and very small FTP daemon. This is useful for serving files over a network.

Package Information

vsFTPD Dependencies


Linux-PAM-0.80, OpenSSL-0.9.7g, and tcpwrappers-7.6

Installation of vsFTPD

For security reasons, running vsFTPD as an unprivileged user and group is encouraged. Also, a user should be created to map anonymous users. As the root user, create the needed directories, users, and groups with the following commands:

install -v -d -m 0755 /var/ftp/empty &&
install -v -d -m 0755 /home/ftp &&
groupadd -g 47 vsftpd &&
useradd -d /dev/null -c "vsFTPD User" -g vsftpd -s /bin/false \
        -u 47 vsftpd &&
groupadd -g 45 ftp &&
useradd -c anonymous_user -d /home/ftp -g ftp -s /bin/false -u 45 ftp

Build vsFTPD as an unprivileged user using the following command:


Once again, become the root user and install vsFTPD with the following commands:

install -v -m 755 vsftpd /usr/sbin/vsftpd &&
install -v -m 644 vsftpd.8 /usr/share/man/man8 &&
install -v -m 644 vsftpd.conf.5 /usr/share/man/man5 &&
install -v -m 644 vsftpd.conf /etc

Command Explanations

install -v -d ...: This creates the directory that anonymous users will use (/home/ftp) and the directory the daemon will chroot into (/var/ftp/empty).



/home/ftp should not be owned by the user vsftpd, or the user ftp.

echo "#define VSF_BUILD_TCPWRAPPERS" >>builddefs.h: Use this prior to make to add support for tcpwrappers.

echo "#define VSF_BUILD_SSL" >>builddefs.h: Use this prior to make to add support for SSL.

install -v -m ...: The Makefile uses non-standard installation paths. These commands install the files in /usr and /etc.

Configuring vsFTPD

Config Files


Configuration Information

vsFTPD comes with a basic anonymous-only configuration file that was copied to /etc above. While still as root, this file should be modified because it is now recommended to run vsftpd in standalone mode as opposed to inetd/xinetd mode. Also, you should specify the privilege separation user created above. Finally, you should specify the chroot directory. man vsftpd.conf will give you all the details.

cat >> /etc/vsftpd.conf << "EOF"

Boot Script

Install the /etc/rc.d/init.d/vsftpd init script included in the blfs-bootscripts-6.1 package.

make install-vsftpd


Installed Program: vsftpd
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: /var/ftp, /var/ftp/empty, /home/ftp

Short Descriptions


is the FTP daemon.

Last updated on 2005-08-01 13:29:19 -0600