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Running vsftpd on Docker

Happy 2019!!

Lately I’ve been playing around with docker and decided to create a dockerfile to have vsftpd running on CentOS. Below is my dockerfile:

# Dockerfile for vsftpd on CentOS
FROM centos:7

MAINTAINER xavi@xavignu.com

RUN yum -y update; yum -y install which vsftpd net-tools vsftpd-sysvinit; yum clean all

COPY vusers.txt /etc/vsftpd/
RUN db_load -T -t hash -f /etc/vsftpd/vusers.txt /etc/vsftpd/vsftpd-virtual-user.db; rm -v /etc/vsftpd/vusers.txt; \ 
	chmod 600 /etc/vsftpd/vsftpd-virtual-user.db
COPY vsftpd.conf /etc/vsftpd/
COPY vsftpd.virtual /etc/pam.d/
RUN mkdir -p /home/vftp/ftpuser; chown -R ftp:ftp /home/vftp

EXPOSE 20 21

CMD ["/usr/sbin/vsftpd","-obackground=NO"]

We need to create three files before building the image, one for vsftpd virtual users PAM, another vsftpd.conf file and another with the virtual users. vsftpd.conf below:


Pam file, store as vsftpd.virtual

auth       required     pam_userdb.so db=/etc/vsftpd/vsftpd-virtual-user
account    required     pam_userdb.so db=/etc/vsftpd/vsftpd-virtual-user
session    required     pam_loginuid.so

And at last a file with user and password, which we will store as vusers.txt


All these files shall be stored into the same directory in order for build to be successful. We proceed building.

user@computer:$ docker build -t centos-vsftpd -f centos-vsftpd .
Sending build context to Docker daemon 10.24kB
Step 1/10 : FROM centos:7
---> 1e1148e4cc2c
Step 2/10 : MAINTAINER xavi@xavignu.com
---> Using cache
---> cb00764989e4
Step 3/10 : RUN yum -y update; yum -y install which vsftpd net-tools vsftpd-sysvinit; yum clean all
---> Using cache
---> 84bc55dc256f
Step 4/10 : COPY vusers.txt /etc/vsftpd/
---> Using cache
---> 922453bc2ba3
Step 5/10 : RUN db_load -T -t hash -f /etc/vsftpd/vusers.txt /etc/vsftpd/vsftpd-virtual-user.db; rm -v /etc/vsftpd/vusers.txt; chmod 600 /etc/vsftpd/vsftpd-virtual-user.db
---> Using cache
---> 3f0f5a3743af
Step 6/10 : COPY vsftpd.conf /etc/vsftpd/
---> Using cache
---> f6241c5dc497
Step 7/10 : COPY vsftpd.virtual /etc/pam.d/
---> b768b27a3496
Removing intermediate container 45326ecc02a0
Step 8/10 : RUN mkdir -p /home/vftp/ftpuser; chown -R ftp:ftp /home/vftp
---> Running in fb940a0b999f
---> 8afff06f270a
Removing intermediate container fb940a0b999f
Step 9/10 : EXPOSE 20 21
---> Running in 0a9bd172c74e
---> d07e65112275
Removing intermediate container 0a9bd172c74e
Step 10/10 : CMD /usr/sbin/vsftpd -obackground=NO
---> Running in 50f124e366ee
---> 0a571ecf1fed
Removing intermediate container 50f124e366ee
Successfully built 0a571ecf1fed
Successfully tagged centos-vsftpd:latest

We now start the vsftpd container and check its running.

user@computer:$ docker run -d --name myftp centos-vsftpd:latest; docker ps
1034cc745e43 centos-vsftpd:latest "/usr/sbin/vsftpd ..." Less than a second ago Up Less than a second 20-21/tcp myftp

We connect to newly created ftp server and upload a test file.

user@computer:$ ftp
Connected to
220 (vsFTPd 3.0.2)
Name ( ftpuser
331 Please specify the password.
230 Login successful.
Remote system type is UNIX.
Using binary mode to transfer files.
ftp> mput test.txt
mput test.txt? y
200 PORT command successful. Consider using PASV.
150 Ok to send data.
226 Transfer complete.
10 bytes sent in 0.00 secs (187.8005 kB/s)

And we check the creation and content of the uploaded file.

user@computer:$ docker exec myftp cat /home/vftp/ftpuser/test.txt
Test File


Docker in DietPi

So I was trying to install docker in my raspberry pi with DietPi and initially installed it via repo/aptitude, but that version is pretty old and not supported anymore.

user@computer:$ dpkg -l | grep dock
ii docker.io 1.3.3~dfsg1-2 armhf Linux container runtime

user@computer:$ sudo docker version
Client version: 1.3.3
Client API version: 1.15
Go version (client): go1.3.2
Git commit (client): d344625
OS/Arch (client): linux/arm
Server version: 1.3.3
Server API version: 1.15
Go version (server): go1.3.2
Git commit (server): d344625

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Run httpd with docker

So below is the script:


echo "Running httpd with docker."

docker run   --rm -v "$PWD":/usr/local/apache2/htdocs  httpd

We use the following options:
-v, –volume list Bind mount a volume
–rm Automatically remove the container when it exits

Quite simple, right? Execution below.

user@computer:$ bash ~/docker/run_httpd.sh
Running httpd with docker.
AH00558: httpd: Could not reliably determine the server's fully qualified domain name, using Set the 'ServerName' directive globally to suppress this message
AH00558: httpd: Could not reliably determine the server's fully qualified domain name, using Set the 'ServerName' directive globally to suppress this message
[Thu Aug 17 22:22:55.249981 2017] [mpm_event:notice] [pid 1:tid 140029488904064] AH00489: Apache/2.4.27 (Unix) configured -- resuming normal operations
[Thu Aug 17 22:22:55.250079 2017] [core:notice] [pid 1:tid 140029488904064] AH00094: Command line: 'httpd -D FOREGROUND'

And we proceed to test.

user@computer:$ curl
First page
Testing docker httpd

We are getting below index.html because we are mapping /tmp/httpd (current $PWD) to /usr/local/apache2/htdocs. In /tmp/httpd we created an example index.html as shown above.
More info here

Run python script with docker

So I started playing with docker and asked myself whether it would be possible to run a python script with docker. Well, answer is yes. Example of the script below.


import sys
print "Running script!!"
print sys.version_info

Execution below:

user@computer:$ docker run -it --rm --name pythonscript -v "$PWD":/usr/src/myapp -w /usr/src/myapp python:2 python script.py
Running script!!
sys.version_info(major=2, minor=7, micro=13, releaselevel='final', serial=0)

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