OT: solutions for FTP proxy?

Mark Watts m.watts at eris.qinetiq.com
Thu Jan 18 04:00:21 CST 2007

> G'day,
> This is not specifically PowerEdge related, or even Linux, so sorry for
> posting it here but I've so far been unsuccessful in finding other
> avenues...
> I'm looking for a replacement for our current FTP-Proxy solution which
> our provider will switch off by the end of the month. They're using the
> quite old Firewall Toolkit, which is probably not a very good solution
> even if I could find a place to download it (which I can't). The
> replacement must be a native-FTP, http-based FTP such as offered by
> Apache and Squid won't do as they don't allow command-line ftp clients
> to log in/pass through (or I'm missing something -quite possible). Suse
> had something apparently but I can't find the download site for it
> anymore -maybe Novell canned it when they bought them out?
> The question is: does anyone on the list run an FTP proxy to allow
> outbound ftp traffic? Any suggestions as to where to look for
> information? (I did try Google..)
> I did find two products: Sambar Server, which stops just short of making
> the tea, and Trilent-FTP-proxy which requires that OS that we don't
> mention ;). Does anyone have experiences with one of those?
> Cheers,

You're not the only one to still be using the FWTK ftp-proxy.

The main problem is, ISTR, that proxying ftp like this is actually performing 
a "main-in-the-middle" attack in a controlled way, so no-one likes to do it 
anymore; hence the lack of software to do it.

The "modern" alternative is to use sftp over SSH, but that doesn't allow 
anonymous uploads very easily.

Having said that, a quick search brings up this article from 2002 with an ftp 
link that still works...



Mark Watts BSc RHCE MBCS
Senior Systems Engineer
QinetiQ Trusted Information Management
Trusted Solutions and Services Group
GPG Public Key ID: 455420ED

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