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FTP Service Turned Off
Posted by Magnus on 23 September 2003, 20:51 GMT

Due to repeated security issues, ftp service has been shut down. The archives are still fully accessible using http. In the belief that this is sufficient, ftp service will not be restored in order to avoid future problems.

Modification access to hosted sites is also down at the moment. We expect this to be fixed within a couple of weeks. Web access to hosted sites still works fine.

Update (Henrik): This article is now read only to stop the wild speculation and useless discussion. Move on people.

 


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Re: FTP Service Turned Off
Geek_Productions Account Info

So.. In short the FTP file transfer service was turned off to prevent malicious take-overs of the ticalc web server(s) by hackers or other ill-intentioned people?

     24 September 2003, 02:16 GMT


Re: Re: FTP Service Turned Off
Joey Gannon  Account Info
(Web Page)

No, it was turned off because the software is buggy and highly unnecessary.

     24 September 2003, 03:16 GMT

Re: Re: Re: FTP Service Turned Off
lord_nightrose Account Info
(Web Page)

I for one welcome our FTP-disabling overlords.

     24 September 2003, 17:37 GMT


Re: Re: Re: FTP Service Turned Off
Geek_Productions Account Info

Ohhh... Well that makes an immense ammount of sense.

     24 September 2003, 18:20 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: FTP Service Turned Off
lord_nightrose Account Info
(Web Page)

Sensing sarcasm here, I would normally slap you for being an ass, but in this case I can't.

YES, it makes an immense ammount of sense. If the software is nothing but a burden on the server and a possible hazard to the data therein, GET RID OF IT.

     24 September 2003, 19:27 GMT

Re: FTP Service Turned Off
Morgan Davies  Account Info
(Web Page)

Hmm.. I wonder how the download stats will change now that there isn't a way to download files without effecting their download count....probably won't notice it that much.

     24 September 2003, 03:07 GMT


Re: Re: FTP Service Turned Off
David Phillips  Account Info
(Web Page)

It would be easy to add download stats to FTP, either real time or via log analysis.

     24 September 2003, 03:21 GMT


Re: Re: Re: FTP Service Turned Off
Joey Gannon  Account Info
(Web Page)

Or, even better, why don't we just get rid of FTP? Oh wait...

     24 September 2003, 07:40 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: FTP Service Turned Off
Magnus Hagander  Account Info
(Web Page)

This is actually quite embarrassing for Joey and Morgan.

FTP downloads have always been counted in the download stats.

     24 September 2003, 09:54 GMT

Re: FTP Service Turned Off
Sebastian Reichelt  Account Info
(Web Page)

I just wanted to vote for hosted site access to be brought back up. :-) You don't expect a hosted site maintainer to crack the ticalc.org FTP, do you? If you have concerns about attackers trying to figure out hosted site passwords and getting into FTP that way, why not just use SSL?

     24 September 2003, 12:53 GMT


Re: Re: FTP Service Turned Off
David Phillips  Account Info
(Web Page)

The hosting company that I manage (see URL), which happens to host calc.org, uses NcFTPd. We have never had any security problems due to FTP.

     24 September 2003, 17:58 GMT
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