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    Re: large File Transfer

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    It'd would be interesting to know how long it would take a hacker to do something nasty even if they knew it was open and running 8O
    Yes, 'interesting'...

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    Re: large File Transfer

    It'd would be interesting to know how long it would take a hacker to do something nasty even if they knew it was open and running
    Is that an invitation?

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    Re: large File Transfer

    No thanks!!

    What I mean is, how insecure would a machine be hosting a public filezilla FTP server?

    Are all FTP servers vunerable - if so -why aren't the vandals bringing them all down?

    Is (some) peoples paranoia about open ports on servers justyfied or not?

    regards

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    Re: large File Transfer

    Anything online can potentially be attacked - it is likely that the information you'll be transferring isn't going to be of great interest to anyone and an SFTP server will be fine...

    Paranoia is often higher than it should be - but this applies to anything I wouldn't post my IP address and a list of open ports on the internet just like I don't have a neon sign that tells people when I'm on holiday at my house.

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    Re: large File Transfer

    What I mean is, how insecure would a machine be hosting a public filezilla FTP server?
    Historically Filezilla hasn't been the most secure FTP around. Personally I'd use a linux box with proftpd.

    Are all FTP servers vunerable - if so -why aren't the vandals bringing them all down?
    When people hack FTP servers they do not vandalise them. They generally fill them up with porn/warez/movies/etc and tell their mates where to get the good stuff.

    Is (some) peoples paranoia about open ports on servers justyfied or not?
    Entirely depends on the OS of the host and the services it has open to the universe IMHO.

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    Re: large File Transfer

    I wouldn't post my IP address and a list of open ports on the internet just like I don't have a neon sign that tells people when I'm on holiday at my house
    But isn't an open FTP server with no major files exposed more akin to people being able to see that you have a shed in your garden without a lock on it - 99.9% of people inc burglars won't bother climbing over the wall to get at it because they know you've just got a rusty lawnmower in there

    The house still has the alarms and the shutters down

    @geoff - mm - thinks about making a small VM to host proftpd.

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