What are 'uploads'?
Uploads are file transfers to your BadBlue server from remote users (as
opposed to users copying files - or downloading - from your machine).
Users can upload
to a BadBlue server once you've defined an uploads folder.
How do I allow uploads?
Simply define an uploads folder: click on the Manage
tab, then Setup folders tab. Create a folder named
uploads at a location on your PC where you wish files to
be transferred. Users will now be able to upload files to your
How do users upload files to my PC?
Users can click on the Folders tab and then
press the Upload a file button. They will be prompted to choose
a file from their computer to send to the BadBlue server.
Do I need to password-protect the Uploads folder?
Yes! It is important that you immediately
password-protect the uploads folder. Once you've defined users
(using the Manage >> Define users menu), click on
Manage >&g; Password-protect files and add the
uploads folder to the list of protected areas. This will
allow only authorized users to view the files that have been uploaded,
which can be important from a security perspective.
Can users have their own areas for uploads?
Yes! [New feature] If you would like users to have secure
upload/download capability in their own folders - keeping their
files separate from one another - you can simply change BadBlue's
How do I change the upload type?
Click on Manage >> Setup folders tab and
scroll down to the Your upload settings section. Note
the choices of:
All uploads to one folder
Each user has a folder
Select the second choice and press the Save changes button.
How does security work in this mode?
Security works automatically when each user has their own folder.
Users will be prompted to login when attempting to upload - and
their files will be sent to their own folders underneath the
uploads folder. Each subfolder will be given the login
name of the user who is uploading.
Note that only users who have been defined from the Manage tab
(or exist as a valid Windows users on the BadBlue system) will
be permitted to login and upload files.
Setting the maximum allowed size of the Uploads folder
The file EXT.INI allows the administrator to configure a maximum size
for the "uploads" virtual directory. The physical folder to which
"uploads" refers has a default maximum size of 100M bytes. In other
words, once the total size of all files in the "uploads" directory
exceeds 100 megabytes, users will receive an "access denied" error
To increase or decrease the maximum size permitted in the "uploads"
folder, modify the EXT.INI file's [SHARED] section as follows:
This example doubles the allowed maximum size of the folder, raising
it from 100M bytes to 200M bytes. Ensure that if a 'SHARED' section
already exists in the EXT.INI file that the 'maxsize' line is copied
into that section rather than creating an additional 'SHARED'
It is important to specify a maximum allowed size for the uploads
area to prevent a 'denial of service' attack. That is, an attacking
system could overwhelm the host by filling up its hard disk with
Important security note: if you are running BadBlue on the
Internet and wish to configure the system for
"All uploads to one folder" (see above for upload types), we strongly
recommend that the uploads folder is password-protected.
Without password protection, hackers may be able to
upload "trojan horse" attack
files and then execute them. Password protection allows any user to
upload files to you, but they can not download without
authenticating (Read more about
password-protecting your folders).