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Anonymous FTP FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about anonymous FTP.

This FAQ about anonymous FTP was compiled and written by Christopher Klaus cklaus@iss.net with numerous contributions by others.


This paper is Copyright (c) 1994, 1995, 1996
by Christopher Klaus of Internet Security Systems, Inc.

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-1. General Description of Setting up an "anonymous" ftp server.
1. Create the user ftp in /etc/passwd. Use a misc group. The user's home directory will be ~ftp where ~ftp is the root you wish anonymous users to see. Creating this user turns on anonymous ftp.<...
-2. Setting up a chrooted Secure Anonymous ftp server.
This part was contributed by Marcus J Ranum ...
-3. OS Specific needed information and suggestions. (Anonymous FTP)
These machines may need dev/tcp:...
-4. Where to get other FTP daemons
* Wuarchive FTP 2.4- A secure FTP daemon that allows improved access-control, logging, pre-login banners, and is very configurable:...
-5. How to Know if your Anonymous FTP Server is Secure
This section is intended for the administrator to go down a small check list of things to make sure his server is not easily compromised....
-6. Archie
Searches FTP sites for programs. Login into these sites as archie or use client software for faster access. To get your own anonymous site added to Archie's search list, e-mail archie-updates@...

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