Can't login to vsftpd

Kevin Martin kevintm at
Sat Feb 23 21:47:10 UTC 2008

     Mark> Colin Paul Adams wrote:
     >> Locally, I can login anonymously to my vsftpd service.
     >> But if I try to login from a KVM virtual machine running
     >> FreeBSD, I get permission denied.
     >> Why?  I can't find any log messages, nor any configuration
     >> options that suggest it shouldn't be allowed.
     >> Any clues?

     Mark> Are you trying to login anonymously from the VM?  Any other


     Mark> login type is managed by /etc/vsftpd/user_list and
     Mark> /etc/vsftpd/ftpusers.

     Mark> It may also be the conf file isn't setup to use network
     Mark> interfaces.

It is, as far as I can tell.


And there is nothing in the tcp wrappers files, so all hosts should be allowed.

     Mark> Or maybe iptables?

No. My firewall is downstream on the router, so it doesn't get a

-- Colin Adams Preston Lancashire

Could it be an issue of the client trying/not connecting from a priviledged (< 1024) port?  There is a setting in vsftpd.conf for to 
allow/disallow that.  If you tcpdump the connection from the KVM what do you see for the connection?

Kevin Martin

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