Bug 241008 - Too many login attempts allowed by vsftpd
Summary: Too many login attempts allowed by vsftpd
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Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
Classification: Red Hat
Component: vsftpd   
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Version: 4.5
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
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Assignee: Maros Barabas
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Keywords: Reopened
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TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2007-05-23 16:32 UTC by John Robinson
Modified: 2007-11-17 01:14 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2007-05-28 08:12:50 UTC
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My vsftpd config (4.10 KB, text/plain)
2007-05-23 23:22 UTC, John Robinson
no flags Details
My pam.d/vsftpd (452 bytes, text/plain)
2007-05-23 23:25 UTC, John Robinson
no flags Details

Description John Robinson 2007-05-23 16:32:55 UTC
Description of problem:
vsftpd doesn't kill the session after too many login attempts

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.Use rubbish login details 10, 100, 1e81 times
Actual results:
It doesn't kick you off

Expected results:
It should kick you off

Additional info:
Logwatch tells me:
 ( john - 2432 Time(s)
 ( jeff - 364 Time(s)
 ( amanda - 2432 Time(s)
I have a firewall config which limits repeated connections from the same IP, so
the above couldn't happen if it was caused by multiple connections.

I note that vsftpd 2.0.5 has a change to "Kick session after a few login fails.
Allows IP blocking solutions to be more immediately effective." -
ftp://vsftpd.beasts.org/users/cevans/untar/vsftpd-2.0.5/Changelog - so I wonder
if this could be added into an update to the RHEL release.

Comment 1 Maros Barabas 2007-05-23 21:40:15 UTC
Attach your vsftpd configuration please. Thanks

Comment 2 John Robinson 2007-05-23 23:22:58 UTC
Created attachment 155306 [details]
My vsftpd config

Not too far from stock, I think

Comment 3 John Robinson 2007-05-23 23:25:59 UTC
Created attachment 155307 [details]
My pam.d/vsftpd

Edited slightly, so users with valid shells CAN'T log in.

Comment 4 Maros Barabas 2007-05-24 08:14:04 UTC
Please add "max_login_fails" directive to your vsftpd configuration specifying
the number of login failures before the session is killed.

Comment 5 John Robinson 2007-05-24 09:53:25 UTC
Doing so causes my vsftpd to fail to start, apparently logging nothing at all. I
am using vsftpd-2.0.1 in EL4.

Comment 6 Maros Barabas 2007-05-28 08:12:50 UTC
I'm sorry. This feature has been added up to 2.0.4 release. If you want to
update vsftpd for RHEL 4 to current version (2.0.5), please open new appropriate
bug. Thanks

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