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FTP Supports Clear Text Authentication vulnerability reported on PCI compliance test
As of May 2011, hosting a plain unsecured FTP site is a critical (security level 4) vulnerability on the CVSS v2.0 PCI compliance test.
This is not a specific problem with Robo-FTP Server but rather a general prohibition of plain FTP sites on computers that process payment card industry transactions.
Solution #1: Require FTPS
Configure Robo-FTP Server to require FTP connections to be secured with SSL/TLS (also known as FTPS) by following these instructions:
- Open the Server Console program to the FTP Server menu.
- If the FTP listener is running, click the Stop FTP button.
- Switch to the SSL Options tab.
- Put a check in the Use SSL checkbox.
- Select the Allow Secured Connections Only radio button.
- Click the Apply button at the bottom of the SSL Options tab.
- Switch back to the General Settings tab.
- Click the Start FTP button.
Solution #2: Use SFTP
Configure Robo-FTP Server to only accept connections using the SFTP protocol because it is always encrypted. To accomplish this, open the Server Console program and:
- Enable the SFTP server.
- Modify user account settings so they can connect with SFTP.
- Disable the FTP server
Article last updated: 2013-02-13
Tags: Robo-FTP Server, Clear Text, PCI