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FTP user limitation to a specific folder

Hello, I need to lock/chroot/limit a FTP user to a specific folder My droplet is Ubuntu I installed vsftpd

I’ve created a new user using: sudo usermod -d /home/USERNAME USERNAME

I’ve binded the html folder to the new user folder mount --bind /var/www/html /home/USERNAME/www/html

I’ve edited the vsftpd.conf file and modified the following: chroot_local_user=YES allow_writeable_chroot=YES write_enable=YES

I saved the file restarted the vsftpd using: service vsftpd restart

when I connect from my pc using filezilla I’m still able to navigate through all the servers folder any help?


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The first thing that jumps out to me is that the parameter in vsftpd.conf should be

chroot_local_user=YES

instead of

chrootlocaluser=YES

This is an older tutorial (targeting Ubuntu 12.04) but the vsftpd configuration section should still cover what you’re looking to do. The configuration in that tutorial includes chrooted user accounts.

I should also point out that unless it’s absolutely necessary it’s not generally recommended to run an FTP service as it’s an insecure protocol. SFTP provides a much better, encrypted option for file transfers.