FTP log only shows FTP LOGIN FROM entry?

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Operating Systems Solaris FTP log only shows FTP LOGIN FROM entry?
# 1  
Old 12-07-2012
Oracle FTP log only shows FTP LOGIN FROM entry?

OS: Solaris 9
Configuration /etc/syslog.conf

ftp stream tcp6 nowait root /usr/sbin/in.ftpd in.ftpd -A -l -d

Found the ftp.log only generate those entries from other servers/hosts.

Can we trace on all ftp entries either from/to the server?

Please advice. Thanks.
# 2  
Old 12-07-2012
Entries would be logins or file transfers? Localhost should log just like remote host,
# 3  
Old 12-10-2012
Hi, Thanks for your response.
The ftp log configuration was done at host A.
FTP from host B to host A - entries shows in ftp.log @ host A.
But when FTP from host A to host B - no information shows in ftp.log @ host A.
If we want to see all ftp entries from/to host A, how can we do that?
Please advice.
Thank you.
# 4  
Old 12-12-2012
Since no one else has taken a crack at answering for you, I'll try..

the logs you are viewing on "host A" are generated by the in.ftpd daemon/service. in.ftpd is reporting on inbound connections that it answers (connections come in on the port it is listening to). inftpd is not in any way associated with outbound connections from "host A". the outbound connections could be generated using many different tools.. not only the traditional 'ftp' program.

to log the outbound ftp connections would require some software very much like a software firewall that can intercept/inspect the outbound packets, searching for those that match the ftp protocol and report the src/dest for you.
# 5  
Old 12-13-2012
Yes, the ftp client 'ftp' runs as the user and is not in a good position to log locally for you, but it is logged where the server 'ftpd' receives the client's connection.

You could detect ftp activity with firewall software, but perhaps with less detail unless you find a tool that logs packet innards not just the header stuff. You could even provide ftp as a wrapper that logs and then calls the real ftp. However, sometimes the details are not arguments but in the stdin stream.
# 6  
Old 12-14-2012
Hi Yeaboem,

Thanks for your kind response.
Do you mean without the software, we are not able to configure the outbound ftp connection?

---------- Post updated at 12:00 PM ---------- Previous update was at 11:01 AM ----------


I could see 'outbound' is set in the /etc/ftpd/ftpaccess; but only inbound activities are recorded in ftp.log.

log transfers real,guest,anonymous inbound,outbound
# 7  
Old 12-14-2012
The client app is not associated with any server, it is just a bit of code that can connect a tcp/ip socket on a random high port to the ftp port of some server socket bound tothe ftp command port somewhere and talk the ftp protocol on that, including supporting the session with either passive out or traditional incoming secondary, data connections. FTP has been written in many languages and many sorts of apps and APIs. If you can socket, you can FTP. Asking the server about the clients is like asking a free hotspot owner about all the transactions done on the router. Now, a firewall or other packet snooper might record some level of detail, but not much about https. It feels like a mainframe mindset, that there is only one client facility that logs everything centrally, but no, there are many users, processes, sockets, protocols, applications.
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