Issues with vsftpd Service

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12


System was working fine with SLES 11 before migration to SLES 12. After migration the following issues can be observed: 

- Local users can no longer authenticate to FTP service after the system has been joined to AD
- Listing directory "ls" that contains more than one million "too many files" files failing with errors 

An example of the error messages are: 

vsftpd[30863]: pam_winbind(vsftpd:auth): request wbcLogonUser failed: WBC_ERR_AUTH_ERROR, PAM error: PAM_USER_UNKNOWN (10), NTSTATUS: NT_STATUS_NO_SUCH_USER, Error message was: No such user

vsftpd[21254]: out of memory [21252] 


To solve above issue use this parameter ( address_space_limit ) in /etc/vsftpd.conf ; E.g. address_space_limit=157286401
The maximum value for this parameter is : 4294967295


The vsftpd process is getting out-of-memory resulting in failed pam module. 

Additional Information

Set the amount of memory vsftpd can use (in bytes). This limit exists so that attackers cannot exploit any potential bugs in the server that might result in vsftpd allocating huge amounts of memory that would affect the host system negatively, e.g. causing thrashing or killing random processes due to Linux's OOM system. If the value is configured too low, vsftpd will fail with "out of memory" errors during normal operations. Oftentimes, this occurs inside of the PAM stack on systems that have many memory-intensive PAM modules enabled.


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  • Document ID:7023666
  • Creation Date: 24-Jan-2019
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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