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vsftpd: 530 Login incorrect

I can’t get vsfptd working on Ubuntu 12.04.

my vsftpd.conf file looks like this, and I try to connect with a local user:

Error message in FileZilla:

7 Answers 7

Back up the config file before making a change;

and then edit vsftpd.conf (with vi or nano)

Then make the following change

Save your change and restart the ftp server (if you use nano hit CTRL + O & enter to save then CTRL + X to exit)

By default vsFTPd uses the file /etc/pam.d/vsftpd . This file by default requires FTP users to have a shell listed in /etc/shells and requires them not to be listed in /etc/ftpusers . If you check those 2 things your probably find what the problem is.

I did not need to change the vsftpd.conf. Only needed to make sure that a shell was set in my /etc/passwd file, that also was lited in /etc/shells.

So basically after useradd without a shell I needed to make sure the home directory was created and that the user had /bin/bash as it’s shell.

I met this problem when I tried to login in with root and I just solved it.
my vsftpd: version 3.0.2


check the following file(it contains list of users disallowed FTP access):

In my case, I commented out root from the file,then it worked.

Please make some changes in /etc/vsftpd.conf


if you want to set access by default /var/www directory for local user you can do that with below line.


restart vsftpd server using sudo service vsftpd restart

The suggested resolution did not work for me. I gave up on the ftp user, and switched my attention to the ubuntu user. I made sure there was a password associated with the ubuntu user.

I made sure to enable passive mode, and set local_enable=YES in the vsftpd.conf file.

I was able to authenticate just fine using the ubuntu account. And I successfully uploaded a large file to my Amazon Ubuntu FTP server. Clearly there was something amiss with the ftp user.

i used ubuntu 18.04 and LetsEncrypt certificates for TLS encryption. What worked was changing the name of the pam_service_name=ftp the error i was getting in Filezilla was

«GnuTLS error -15»: An unexpected TLS packet was received.

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i am running VSFTPD in centos for FTP server.

i was able to login to FTP server from other unix boxes using root user.

when i tried to overwrite a file from a windows box using editplus,
553: unable to create the file error was thrown.

then i enabled chroot_list_enable=YES in my vsftpd.conf and restarted the service. then i got 500 : Oops error.

then i commented chroot_list_enable=YES in vsftpd.conf file.

from then, am not able to login into ftp server using root user. it says

]# ftp x.x.x.x
Connected to x.x.x.x.
220 (vsFTPd 2.0.5)
530 Please login with USER and PASS.
530 Please login with USER and PASS.
KERBEROS_V4 rejected as an authentication type
Name (x.x.x.x:root): root
331 Please specify the password.
Password: >
530 Login incorrect.
Login failed.
ftp> bye
221 Goodbye.

My VSFTPD file looks like this:
# Example config file /etc/vsftpd/vsftpd.conf
# The default compiled in settings are fairly paranoid. This sample file
# loosens things up a bit, to make the ftp daemon more usable.
# Please see vsftpd.conf.5 for all compiled in defaults.
# READ THIS: This example file is NOT an exhaustive list of vsftpd options.
# Please read the vsftpd.conf.5 manual page to get a full idea of vsftpd’s
# capabilities.
# Allow anonymous FTP? (Beware — allowed by default if you comment this out).
# Uncomment this to allow local users to log in.
# Uncomment this to enable any form of FTP write command.
# Default umask for local users is 077. You may wish to change this to 022,
# if your users expect that (022 is used by most other ftpd’s)
# Uncomment this to allow the anonymous FTP user to upload files. This only
# has an effect if the above global write enable is activated. Also, you will
# obviously need to create a directory writable by the FTP user.
# Uncomment this if you want the anonymous FTP user to be able to create
# new directories.
# Activate directory messages — messages given to remote users when they
# go into a certain directory.
# The target log file can be vsftpd_log_file or xferlog_file.
# This depends on setting xferlog_std_format parameter
# Make sure PORT transfer connections originate from port 20 (ftp-data).
# If you want, you can arrange for uploaded anonymous files to be owned by
# a different user. Note! Using «root» for uploaded files is not
# recommended!
# The name of log file when xferlog_enable=YES and xferlog_std_format=YES
# WARNING — changing this filename affects /etc/logrotate.d/vsftpd.log
# Switches between logging into vsftpd_log_file and xferlog_file files.
# NO writes to vsftpd_log_file, YES to xferlog_file
# You may change the default value for timing out an idle session.
# You may change the default value for timing out a data connection.
# It is recommended that you define on your system a unique user which the
# ftp server can use as a totally isolated and unprivileged user.
# Enable this and the server will recognise asynchronous ABOR requests. Not
# recommended for security (the code is non-trivial). Not enabling it,
# however, may confuse older FTP clients.
# By default the server will pretend to allow ASCII mode but in fact ignore
# the request. Turn on the below options to have the server actually do ASCII
# mangling on files when in ASCII mode.
# Beware that on some FTP servers, ASCII support allows a denial of service
# attack (DoS) via the command «SIZE /big/file» in ASCII mode. vsftpd
# predicted this attack and has always been safe, reporting the size of the
# raw file.
# ASCII mangling is a horrible feature of the protocol.
# You may fully customise the login banner string:
#ftpd_banner=Welcome to blah FTP service.
# You may specify a file of disallowed anonymous e-mail addresses. Apparently
# useful for combatting certain DoS attacks.
# (default follows)
# You may specify an explicit list of local users to chroot() to their home
# directory. If chroot_local_user is YES, then this list becomes a list of
# users to NOT chroot().
# (default follows)
# You may activate the «-R» option to the builtin ls. This is disabled by
# default to avoid remote users being able to cause excessive I/O on large
# sites. However, some broken FTP clients such as «ncftp» and «mirror» assume
# the presence of the «-R» option, so there is a strong case for enabling it.
# When «listen» directive is enabled, vsftpd runs in standalone mode and
# listens on IPv4 sockets. This directive cannot be used in conjunction
# with the listen_ipv6 directive.
# This directive enables listening on IPv6 sockets. To listen on IPv4 and IPv6
# sockets, you must run two copies of vsftpd whith two configuration files.
# Make sure, that one of the listen options is commented !!