Bug 1599 - Login bug in wu-ftpd-2.4.2b18-2.1
Login bug in wu-ftpd-2.4.2b18-2.1
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: wu-ftpd (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Bernhard Rosenkraenzer
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Reported: 1999-03-18 05:06 EST by sweeheng
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 1999-08-23 18:29:27 EDT
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Description sweeheng 1999-03-18 05:06:31 EST
I am getting a perculiar behaviour from the
wu-ftpd-2.4.2b18-2.1.i386.rpm package downloaded from
updates.redhat.com. It is reproducible for me.

Scenario: I configured /etc/ftpaccess to allow only guest
accounts, ie. no real and anonymous access. I modified the
default ftpaccess file so that the first line reads:
     class guestuser   guest   *

To verify it, I ftp to my machine using various combinations
of real, guest and anonymous accounts. Almost every time it
works - real and anonymous users rejected while guest
admitted if password is right.

I said almost because if I do it in the following sequence,
I can get anonymous access:

1. FTP to machine;
2. Login as a *valid* guest user ("adam" in this example)
     Name(machine-name:someuser): adam <Enter>
     331 Password required for adam.
3. Provide blank/dummy password.
     Password: <Enter>
     530 Login incorrect.
4. Just as one would expect for the wrong password. However,
   immediately login as anonymous.
     ftp> user anonymous <enter>
     331 Guest login ok, send your complete ...<blah>
5. Give some random address.
     Password: someone@out.there <Enter>
     230 Guest login ok, access restriction apply.

Tada! I get anonymous access when I am not supposed to.

Seems like the first login as a valid guest user (but with
the wrong password) sets some flag which subsequently makes
ftpd forget the fact that anonymous access is not allowed.

I believe the wu-ftpd VR14 release have the same problem
Comment 1 Jeff Johnson 1999-06-07 08:24:59 EDT
Commenting out the 1st class line in /etc/ftpaccess and adding
	class guestuser guest *
	guestuser adam
after adding user adam verifies that wu-ftpd-2.4.2vr17-3 has this
behavior also.
Comment 2 Jeff Johnson 1999-08-23 18:29:59 EDT
Fixed in wu-ftpd-2.5.0-5.

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