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       ftp-proxy - application level proxy for the FTP protocol


       ftp-proxy [-c] [-d|-i] [-f file] [-n] [-v level] [-V]


       FTP-Proxy  acts as an application level gateway between FTP clients and servers.  Its main
       purpose is to secure local FTP servers against  possibly  insecure  clients  or  malicious
       attacks.   FTP-Proxy  is  believed to be immune against current known attacks based on the
       FTP protocol.

       FTP-Proxy can be started from the inetd (or xinetd, or any other) internet super daemon or
       executed  on its own as a standalone daemon, in which case it will fork child processes to
       handle connections.  The behaviour depends on the ftp-proxy.conf(5)  configuration  option
       ServerType or the -i and -d command line switches, where the latter two take precedence.

       FTP-Proxy  features  a  rich  set  of auditing and command restriction capabilities and is
       specifically suited for deployment in firewall environments.


       -V     Print the program's version information and terminate with exit code 0.

       -c     Read the configuration file, output its contents sorted by section and option  name
              to  standard  output,  and  terminate  with  exit  code  0.   This option is mostly
              interesting for diagnostic purposes.

       -d     Force FTP-Proxy to run in standalone (daemon) mode,  even  if  a  ServerType  inetd
              directive exists in the configuration file.

       -i     Force  FTP-Proxy  to  run  in inetd mode, even if a ServerType standalone directive
              exists in the configuration file.

       -f filename
              Specify an alternate  configuration  file  to  be  read  instead  of  the  standard
              /etc/proxy-suite/ftp-proxy.conf file.

              Please  note  that  the  default  path for the configuration file is a compile time
              option. It can be changed using the --prefix and --sysconfdir options when  running
              the configure script - see also the INSTALL file for usage description.

       -n     Do not detach from the controlling terminal.  This prevents the default of becoming
              a daemon and is ignored if running in inetd mode.  The main purpose of this  option
              is  to  support the AIX System Resource Controller or similar setups, where several
              daemons are controlled by a master daemon.

       -v level
              Enable diagnostic output to be sent to the file  /tmp/ftp-proxy.debug.   The  given
              level  must be in the range from 0 (no output at all) to 4 (maximum verbosity). See
              also DIAGNOSTICS bellow.


              These signals  instruct  FTP-Proxy  to  abort  any  existing  transfer,  close  all
              connections  and  terminate  the  process. If the target of the signal is a running
              FTP-Proxy daemon, all current child processes wil also be terminated.

       SIGHUP This signal will be accepted if running in daemon mode and ignored in inetd mode.
              It causes the FTP-Proxy to reread its configuration file  and  to  reopen  the  log
              destination  if it was changed in the configuration file, or rotated if it is a log
              See also dedicated rotation singnal SIGUSR1 bellow.

              This signal will be accepted if running in daemon mode and ignored in inetd mode.
              It causes the FTP-Proxy to close its current logfile, rename it to a date and  time
              derived  value,  and  open  a new logfile.  This procedure is also known as Logfile
              Rotation.  Child processes forked before the reception of this signal and processes
              run from inetd will not be affected.
              See also the ServerRoot configuration option in ftp-proxy.conf(5).


       When  running  FTP-Proxy  in  inetd mode, it is always an excellent idea to check that the
       inetd configuration file includes a line that invokes FTP-Proxy.  An example for a line in
       /etc/inetd.conf follows:

       ftp stream tcp nowait root /usr/sbin/ftp-proxy -i

       Please  note that this is just an example and does not provide much security, like running
       as a non-privileged user or using the TCP Wrapper functionality.


       The -v option is is only available if enabled using the --enable-debug option when running
       the  configure  script  -  see  also  the INSTALL file for usage description.  This option
       should be used with great care only. It is strongly  recommended  to  not  to  use  it  in
       production environments.

       If debugging is activated, it always adds output to the file /tmp/ftp-proxy.debug which is
       created with 0666 mode.  This allows child processes to open and write the file after they
       have given up their root privileges.

       If  the  configuration file contains a ServerRoot directive, child processes and processes
       run from inetd will try to open the file within  their  chroot(2)  environment.   If  this
       fails, e.g. because there is no /tmp directory, it is silently ignored and no debug output
       is generated.

       Please note that the program makes no attempt to erase the debug file after use.  Thus  it
       will stay around with world writeability until the operator manually removes it!





       The SuSE Proxy-Suite documentation included in the doc subdirectory of the package.


       Jens-Gero Boehm <>
       Pieter Hollants <>
       Volker Wiegand <>
       Marius Tomaschewski <>


       The whole SuSE Proxy-Suite is released under the
       GNU General Public License (GPL).