FTP is one of the oldest network protocols still in use. In its first iteration, it was created in 1971 as a way to quickly move files between computers and has been in continuous use ever since. It’s particularly common on the web, where it is responsible for moving files and data.
Unfortunately, while common, it is also insecure. FTP transmits user credentials, file contents, and other data in the clear. For that reason, anyone with a packet sniffer and a bit of patience is free to take a look at it. This video looks at the security of FTP traffic and why it is problematic. It covers:
- How to set up an FTP server on Windows Server 2008 and configure a simple site
- The use of a packet sniffer (Wireshark) on Ubuntu to monitor network traffic
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