Tag Archives: ProFTP

How to fix “MLSD unable to build data connection” in ProFTP

Filezilla IconI’ve come across an odd problem today on a server that’s been working fine for all kinds of FTP traffic for many years. Turns out that today, FileZilla started complaining about explicit TLS connections (when available) and gave the following error message:

425 MLSD unable to build data connection: operation not permitted

Clients could still connect, but no directory content was displayed, nor was uploading new files possible. Rats, I thought. This was on a CentOS 6 server with Plesk 12 running without a hitch otherwise.

Turns out that by default, ProFTP is configured to re-use TLS sessions – but it appears that this behaviour freaks out FileZilla, which in turn doesn’t like it and throws an error instead. This did not affect plain (non-secure) sessions.

Thankfully, Adam Stohl knows the answer to this problem: tell ProFTP not to re-use TLS sessions. Open /etc/proftp.conf and add the following line to the bottom of the file:

The ProFTP service in Plesk is part of xinetd, so for those changes to take effect, simply restart it with this:

And voila, TLS connections can happen again. Thanks, Adam – you’re a life saver!

  • https://www.ateamsystems.com/tech-blog/fireftp-proftpd-unable-to-build-data-connection-operation-not-permitted-tls-negotiation/

 

How to enable resuming FTP uploads in Plesk

Plesk uses ProFTP as the default FTP server. It has a handy feature that allows file uploads to resume or append should a connection be broken during transmission. This means that partially transferred data doesn’t have to be uploaded again, it can simply be added to – potentially saving a lot of time.

Although easy to activate, this feature is not enabled by default on Plesk installations for security reasons. Here’s how to make it happen:

Edit /etc/proftpd.conf and add the following few lines:

You may find the AllowOverwrite directive in there already, in which case replace it with the above block. For the changes to take effect, restart the xinetd service (of which proFTP is part):

Works on both CentOS 6 and CentOS 7.

Note that for this to work, it also needs to be enabled in your FTP client. In FileZilla it’s under Settings – Transfers – File Exists Action:

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  • http://soulhuntre.com/2005/01/27/plesk-proftpd-and-resume/
  • http://www.proftpd.org/docs/directives/linked/config_ref_AllowStoreRestart.html

How to allow resuming FTP uploads in Plesk and ProFTP

Plesk-LogoProFTP has a handy feature that lets uploads resume if they were interrupted, much like Safari downloads. This feature has to be enabled both on the server and the client.

By default however, resuming uploads are disabled for security reasons – a wise precaution if anonymous uploads are allowed to a server. Here’s how to enabled it.

Plesk uses ProFTP, and all we have to do is add a couple of lines to the /etc/proftpd.conf file. Anywhere will do, as long as it’s outside the “global” tags:

ProFTP is part of the xinetd system service, and for the change to take effect we’ll have to restart this:

To make use of this feature, an FTP client needs to support this feature too: in FileZilla it’s under Settings – Transfers – File Exists Action:

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  • http://soulhuntre.com/2005/01/27/plesk-proftpd-and-resume/
  • http://www.proftpd.org/docs/directives/linked/config_ref_AllowStoreRestart.html