Friday, 22 July 2011

Setting up a TFTP Server

atftp is Multi-threaded TFTP server implementing all options (option extension and multicast) as specified in RFC1350, RFC2090, RFC2347, RFC2348 and RFC2349. Atftpd also supports multicast protocol known as mtftp, defined in the PXE specification. The server supports being started from inetd as well as in daemon mode using init scripts.

Install atftp Server in Ubuntu
sudo aptitude install atftpd
Using atftpd

By default atftpd server starts using inetd so we need to tell atftpd to run as a server directly, not through inetd.Edit /etc/default/atftpd file using the following command
sudo gedit /etc/default/atftpd

Change the following line
save and exit the file

Now you need to run the following command
sudo invoke-rc.d atftpd start
Configuring atftpd

First you need to create a directory where you can place the files
sudo mkdir /tftpboot
sudo chmod -R 777 /tftpboot
sudo chown -R nobody /tftpboot
sudo /etc/init.d/atftpd restart
Security configuration for atftp

Some level of security can be gained using atftp libwrap support. Adding proper entry to /etc/hosts.allow and /etc/hosts.deny will restrict access to trusted hosts. Daemon name to use in these files is in.tftpd.

in.tftpd : FQD or IP
atftp client installation

Advance Trivial file transfer protocol client,atftp is the user interface to the Internet ATFTP (Advanced Trivial File Transfer Protocol), which allows users to transfer files to and from a remote machine. The remote host may be specified on the command line, in which case atftp uses host as the default host for future transfers.
sudo aptitude install atftp
That’s it you are ready to transfer your files using tftp clients

Testing tftp server

Tranfering file hda.txt from (Client using tftp) to (Server Get an example file to transfer (eg. hda.txt)
touch /tftpboot/hda.txt  
chmod 777 /tftpboot/hda.txt 
ls -l /tftpboot/
total 0
-rwxrwxrwx 1 ruchi ruchi 223 hda.txt 
atftp> put hda.txt
Sent 722 bytes in 0.0 seconds
atftp> quit
ls -l /tftpboot/
total 4
-rwxrwxrwx 1 ruchi ruchi 707 2008-07-07 23:07 hda.txt

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