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Absolute OpenBSD, 2nd Edition by Michael W. Lucas

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The TFTP Daemon tftpd

The Trivial File Transfer Protocol (TFTP) is used to transfer files across a network. Unlike FTP, TFTP doesn’t include authentication. Anyone who can access the TFTP server can upload or download files from it.

TFTP is an inflexible protocol. It doesn’t work through network address translation without a proxy or some kind of intelligence within the translation device, and there’s no interactive session as there is with FTP and SFTP. TFTP is most commonly used to copy configuration files and operating system images for embedded devices such as routers.

OpenBSD uses TFTP to bootstrap diskless systems, as discussed in Chapter 23.

Specifying a tftpd Directory

OpenBSD’s tftpd(8) serves files from a directory, much like a ...

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