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Re: Reverse ftp-proxy patch and active FTP

On Sun, Mar 14, 2004 at 10:49:48PM -0700, Tim Pushor wrote:
> The problem is that I have a FTP server on inside that I am trying to 
> get ftp-proxy (with the reverse patch on benzedrine) to proxy into, but 
> I'm having trouble with active ftp. Passive works fine.
Passive/active can be ambiguous, for the client passive mode means the
clients connects to the server for data connections. But from your
further description I think you mean data connections from the server to
the client, right?
As I understand your setup, you have a dedicated external address which
you binat to the ftp server's local address, as in
  binat on $ext_if from to any ->
where would be the ftp server's internal address, and the dedicated external address of the firewall.
You run ftp-proxy in reverse mode from inetd.conf, like stream tcp nowait root /usr/libexec/ftp-proxy \
    ftp-proxy -R
and redirect incoming ftp control connections from external clients to
the proxy using
  rdr on $ext_if from any to port 21 \
    -> port 8021
While ftp-proxy in reverse mode doesn't usually need a redirection, in
the binat case I think you need one to prevent the incoming control
connection from simply getting forwarded to the internal address,
bypassing the proxy.
Try following a control connection with tcpdump, it should come in on
$ext_if to, get redirected to port 8021, where inetd
starts an ftp-proxy process. The proxy connects to, and the
proxied control connection should work both ways (login should work).
When the client requests a data connection from the server to the
client, follow that with tcpdump. You should see the data connection
come in on $int_if of the firewall, then leave $ext_if.
One possible problem is that ftp-proxy doesn't bind to the right
external address (in the presence of multiple aliases), and the external
client refuses or ignores a data connection from an unexpected source.
This should be visible in a tcpdump on the external interface.