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I setup VSFTPD on my Ubuntu server 12.04, it worked very good. Until I tried to change the permissions of the user so the user couldn't go in the / directory and only in the directories inside /home/user/public_html.

It could have to do something with the fact that I did this:

sudo chmod 700 -R /

I have a user, ftpUser and he is inside a group, ftpUsers. The permissions of /home/user/public_html are:

drwxrwxr-x 9 ftpUser ftpUsers 4096

My VSFTPD file looks like this:


And in /etc/vsftpd.userlist there is only one line: ftpUser

How do I solve this so I can login, it think it has to do something with permissions but I don't now what it is!?

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Is user ftpUser a local or a virtual user? And does he has a home dir? – OrangeTux Aug 10 '12 at 13:00
It's a local user, and the home dir is /home/user/public_html, but now I tried to reboot Ubuntu server and I cannot log in with any account... – tversteeg Aug 10 '12 at 13:01
And when you set chroot_local_user=NO? Just for checking it that is the problem. I think that it has to do with that. – OrangeTux Aug 10 '12 at 13:04
Then I still get the same error! – tversteeg Aug 10 '12 at 13:20

That error is generated because of Selinux. Please do the following actions:

[root@sun02 vsftpd]# getenforce
[root@sun02 vsftpd]# getsebool -a | grep ftp
allow_ftpd_anon_write –> off
allow_ftpd_full_access –> off
allow_ftpd_use_cifs –> off
allow_ftpd_use_nfs –> off
allow_tftp_anon_write –> off
ftp_home_dir –> on (change that to on in ur case this option is off)
ftpd_disable_trans –> off
ftpd_is_daemon –> on
httpd_enable_ftp_server –> off
tftpd_disable_trans –> off
[root@sun02 vsftpd]# setsebool -P ftp_home_dir on

This is all that u want to need.

Good Luck!

source: Copied and pasted from the above link. Credits to @Jaime M. of

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There is a typo in command, it's "setsebool -P ftp_home_dir on" not "setseboll -P ftp_home_dir on" – Sathish Jan 25 at 7:54

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