chroot/chjail for certain directories

Posted on 2006-05-10
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Last Modified: 2013-12-16
I have a project where I need to give some users access via samba, scp and ftp (vsftp).
The dir structure is setup as such.


What I am trying to do is keep everyone of the users inside /var/ftp and not be allowed outside, but allowing them to place items in any of the user directories.

Please help.

Question by:iceman19330
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m1tk4 earned 2000 total points
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Jailing samba is trivial - you just expose the shares of these directories and that's it, no going outside of them.

To jail vsftpd users, add:


to /etc/vsftpd/vsftpd.conf

and create /etc/vsftpd.chroot_list file. Note that /etc/vsftpd.chroot_list will contain user names of users who are NOT supposed to be jailed, the rest of them will be confined to their home directories. After that, you just change user directories in /etc/passwd to point to /var/ftp/user.... Don't forget to restart vsftpd.

3rd part of the puzzle, jailing SCP access is explained here: http://www.fuschlberger.net/programs/ssh-scp-chroot-jail/

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