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Re: Providing secure file access on a colo-server

Hello Marcus,

I'd recommend sticking to scp, as you can give your users winscp.
Its interface resembles major ftp clients out there and is very intuitive,
so they should not have any issues using it.

I can't comment on the WebDAV implementations for linux, as I've never
used them, but I personally wouldn't take any chance and just stick to
uploading through scp ;)

Best regards,


> Hi -
> I need to provide a way for users to upload/download files from their
> shell accounts on a colo server I admin. The majority of the users
> wont want to use scp/sftp and are clueless as far as ssh tunneling
> goes. This pretty much leaves ftp as far as I can see (although I
> suppose webdav might be possible, but I havnt tried setting a dav
> server up on an internet box and I'm not sure of the security
> implications).
> I'm looking at either proftpd or vsftpd but what I want is to set it
> up so that users can login with a password that is different to their
> shell password so that their shell passwords are not broadcast in
> plaintext every time they update their websites etc.
> Is this the best way to go about something like this or are there
> better ways of setting up secure file access? A few of the users want
> to publish files directly from something like Frontpage which doesnt
> support sftp (dav server might be possible?)
> Cheers
> Marcus
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> Marcus Williams -- http://www.quintic.co.uk
> Quintic Ltd, 39 Newnham Road, Cambridge, UK
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