FileZilla Server3: Implicit SSL part 1
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FileZilla FTPd (Server).
The previous pages descried how to install the FileZilla server on uniform server. Passwords and data are sent unencrypted over the Internet. Depending on your application and use this is adequate and suitable for most purposes.
FileZila FTPd overs a much more secure alternative using SSL to encrypt both passwords and data. There are a number of steps required in setting up a secure FTP server hence is relatively difficult. I have split this over two pages making it clearer and hopefully easier to understand.
The procedure is incremental first create a server certificate ensure it runs on a local network and finally configure for Internet access.
FileZilla has a built in certificate generator making this process very easy.
Enable SSL support
Fill in certificate details
Clicking Generate new certificate opens the certificate form fill in as follows:
Enable user to use SSL
That completes the FileZille set-up.
Although we are using a single user account the above can be applied to other users.
You can have a mix of users some using encryption while other do not the choice is yours.
Client - FireFTP
FireFox and FireFTP
I am assuming your are using FireFox and FireFTP these two are a great combination.
You can use your preferred client the set-up will be similar. Check your clients manual for instructions.
Note: You may need to check the IPv6 box for 4096bi!
From FireFTP click the Connect button enter name and password.
Your browser will have a whinge, create a certificate exception.
FTP folder will display.
Local network test
On another PC connected to your network repeat the above steps 1-9.
Note: At step 1 enter your PC’s IP address. (See Basic Configuration 1 page how to obtain IP address)
That confirms you can access the FTP server across your network.
Client - FieZilla
For completeness I have included this section it shows how to install portable FileZilla client and how to use it for testing the above.
- Create a new folder C:\FileZilla_client (can be any name)
- Download the latest client FileZillaPortable_126.96.36.199.paf.exe from PortableAppas
- Save to the above folder
- Double click on FileZillaPortable_188.8.131.52.paf.exe to extract
- Select language English click OK
- Click Next
- Choose Components defaults are OK click Next
- Click Browse navigate to folder C:\FileZilla_client
- Click Install
- Click Finish
- Navigate to folder C:\FileZilla_client\FileZillaPortable
- To run double click on file FileZillaPortable.exe
Using quick connect makes testing extremely easy fill in the top row as follows:
You can now view and navigate folders assigned to user fred
The above provides a secure link to your FTP server. If you are running a wireless network, data can be intercepted by sniffing the radio signals.
Should your basic wireless security be compromised the FTP encryption will provide another hurdle making it more difficult for that data to be accessed.
You do need the above security when FTPing data across the Internet. Before proceeding to the final part make sure you can securely FTP locally.