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Microsoft KB Archive/101922

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FTP Clients Can Access the Root Directory Without NTFS

Article ID: 101922

Article Last Modified on 11/1/2006


  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1

This article was previously published under Q101922


File Transfer Protocol (FTP) clients are able to access the root directory of a Windows NT FTP server even though the default directory for FTP server is not the root directory.


The path to parent directories, "CD ..", is not disabled by FTP server.

Specifying a default directory in FTP server only states which directory FTP clients will default to when logged in, but does not disable the path to parent directories.


NTFS, which can provide user level security, should be used to assign directory rights for accounts that will use the Windows NT FTP Server.

Additional query words: prodnt

Keywords: kbnetwork KB101922