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  1. Commons Net
  2. NET-588

FTPClient.setPassiveNatWorkaround assumes host is outside site local range


    • Type: Bug
    • Status: Closed
    • Priority: Major
    • Resolution: Fixed
    • Affects Version/s: 3.1, 3.3, 3.4
    • Fix Version/s: 3.6
    • Component/s: FTP
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      We have a NAT firewall between two "site local" 10.x networks. The effect is that the FTP library tries to make data connections to the wrong host because the passive NAT workaround doesn't operate if the FTP connection is made to a "site local" private address and the host returned in the PASV reply is also "site local".

      I see that Damon Dan references pretty much the exact issue within bug NET-363 when the workaround was originally introduced.

      Users with "site local" networks would be quite at liberty to subnet within the network, I guess, to suit their administrative needs, so this seems like a valid issue.

      Options I can see:
      1) Include a way of forcing the workaround in place
      2) Remove the selectivity around rewriting the host only if the PASV reply is "site local" and original host isn't... Issue here is around a server that has multiple endpoints for data connections?
      3) Allow the user to specify their own data host via API
      4) Check for whether the PASV reply address is in a different subnet to the original host we connected to and apply the workaround if so

      I haven't yet identified a workaround within the current code!




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              davenice Dave Nice
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