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Install vsFTP on CentOS/Redhat and enable TLS

This tutorial demonstrates how to install vsftp on CentOS/Redhat and configure it to allow connections over TLS for additional security. We’ll also chroot the users to their own directory.

Install vsftp:

yum install vsftp

Edit the config file “/etc/vsftpd/vsftpd.conf” and set the following:

rsa_cert_file=/etc/vsftpd/vsftpd.pem
rsa_private_key_file=/etc/vsftpd/vsftpd.pem
chroot_local_user=YES
anonymous_enable=NO
ssl_enable=YES
allow_anon_ssl=NO
force_local_data_ssl=YES
force_local_logins_ssl=YES
ssl_tlsv1=YES
ssl_sslv2=NO
ssl_sslv3=NO
require_ssl_reuse=NO
ssl_ciphers=HIGH

Create the certificates:

openssl req -x509 -nodes -days 365 -newkey rsa:1024 -keyout /etc/vsftpd/vsftpd.pem -out /etc/vsftpd/vsftpd.pem

If you’re using SELinux (you should be), enable home sharing via FTP:

setsebool -P ftp_home_dir 1

Finally we enable and restart vsftpd:

chkconfig vsftpd on
service vsftpd restart

Make sure to permit port 21 through your firewall(s).

Another good tutorial on this is: https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-configure-vsftpd-to-use-ssl-tls-on-a-centos-vps

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