Is Secure-Ftp ALWAYS = SSL-Ftp ? Other forms of encrypted FTP transfers ?

Discussion in 'Linux Networking' started by Wolfgang Hercker, Oct 10, 2006.

  1. Is Secure-Ftp ALWAYS = SSL-Ftp ?

    Or what are the differences ?

    I want to perform encrypted ftp transfers.

    Are there other methods of ftp transfers which offer encryption?

    Wolfgang Hercker, Oct 10, 2006
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  2. Wolfgang Hercker

    Chris Davies Guest

    It depends what you mean by each of those terms. I would say that neither
    term is commonly recognised, so there's lots of scope for ambiguity.

    I would recommend you use SFTP (secure file transfer over SSH). Linux
    systems handle this as standard. Windows systems need a third-party
    application; I've used WinSCP, and I know of other people using the
    BitVise product.

    Just to muddy the waters, unfortunately, some vendors (mainly in the
    Windows world, I believe) offer secure file transfer by running the
    entire FTP (you know, the stuff that runs over ports 21/20) over an
    SSH session. Ipswitch is one company that certainly /used/ to do this -
    it may still do.

    Finally, there are a number of proprietary solutions, which offer native
    support for things like interrupted file transfers, apparent atomic file
    creation (i.e. the file's either there in its entirety or it isn't there
    at all), and guaranteed delivery. I haven't used any of these but I'm
    sure a search engine will help you find them.

    Chris Davies, Oct 10, 2006
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  3. Wolfgang Hercker

    Kurt Guest

    There's also ftps, which is ftp over ssl. It's not as secure as ssh, but
    secure enough for most.

    Kurt, Oct 11, 2006
  4. Wolfgang Hercker

    Chris Davies Guest

    That's what I was describing in my second paragraph. (Just to add to
    the complexity it didn't help that I misspelt SSL as SSH, though.)

    Chris Davies, Oct 12, 2006
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