Proftpd: FTP Permission denied – Even after confirming correct AuthUserFile user and path permissions
On A VPS – even though we hav the correct user setup in the proftpd.conf file
User www-data Group www-data
and I have virtual users setup in proftpd.conf
and the user I am logging in setup with a special home page in my ftpd.passwd
and the permssions on my directory were correct
#cd /data/webs/mydomain.com #ls drwxr-xr-x 2 www-data www-data 4096 Jun 27 14:04 htdocs
So i started up proftpd in my console
and tried to save an temp.txt file via ftp and I got alot of log files, but this is the one that tipped me to the problem
2015-07-01 06:50:27,117 myserver proftpd 127.0.1.1 (x.x.x.x[x.x.x.x]): in dir_check_full(): path = '/temp.txt', fullpath = '/var/www/temp.txt'.
So it appears that proftpd, while reading the ftpd.passwd to find the username and password, was not reading the home page.
When I checked the permissions on /var/www it turns out that directory was owned by root, so I changed it (the directory is empty unused, i just wanted to confirm whether
#cd /var #ls drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Jun 27 14:04 www #chown www-data.www-data /var/www
Then when I tried to save a junk.txt file, it was saved correctly
2015-07-01 07:44:33,024 myserver proftpd 127.0.1.1 (x.x.x.x[x.x.x.x]): Transfer completed: 0 bytes in 0.03 seconds
This confirms it, the home directory in the ftpd.passwd file is not being used correctly, so i have to find out why note. So I started to dig back through the output and found this line
unable to chdir to /data/webs/mydomain.com/htdocs (No such file or directory), defaulting to chroot directory /var/www
Ultimately I found that the DefaultRoot variable was not supposed to be overridden by the /home directory, it turns out that the DefaultRoot works WITH the /home directory in the ftpd.passwd file to determine where to place the user. So the fix for this issue was to simply replace the DefaultRoot /var/www with
This tells proftpd to use what ever home directory is in the ftpd.passwd file.