Setting Up ProFTPD as a Replacement for the Default ftpd

If you decide to activate anonymous FTP, especially anonymous FTP with an upload directory, consider replacing the default ftpd with a more modifiable ftpd. A popular, highly configurable replacement ftpd is ProFTPD, available at In addition to being highly configurable, it easily compiles under Mac OS X.

ProFTPD is intended to be a secure, highly configurable FTP server. It is modular in design, like the Apache web server, which is discussed in Chapter 23, “Creating a Web Server.” Although it is intended to be a secure FTP server, ProFTPD is not exempt from security problems. It's still important to regularly monitor the anonymous FTP area, if you have one, as ...

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