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#1 Aghaster

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Posted 02 December 2009 - 11:38 PM

It's not rare that companies host their files on a public FTP site, and the download section of their main website just gives links to individual files in it. However, when you start browsing the FTP site directly, you can usually find interesting stuff (for instance, files that are not linked to in the main company website). I'm sure you get the idea. I want this thread to be a place to post links to interesting public FTP sites (no warez! legitimate public FTP sites from companies and organizations). For instance, I found firmware updates on Lexmark's public FTP server which weren't linked to from their website. This enabled me to extract partition images from the firmware update and take a look at the filesystem of the small embedded Linux system that runs on my Lexmark printer.

Here's a special google query that returns a couple of them:
http://www.google.ca...3b27f7a7a96cd50

Those can be interesting:

ftp://ftp.lexmark.com
ftp://ftp.hp.com
ftp://ftp.hp.com <- wtf? I didn't know Telus mirrored Ubuntu
ftp://ftp.dell.com/
ftp://ftp.microsoft.com/
ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/
ftp://ftp.asus.com/

Just randomly trying ftp://ftp.<company_name>.com usually gives a lot of results.

#2 neelkamalpandey

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Posted 07 December 2009 - 03:54 AM

Thanks for sharing your information i wanted to know how could i find if some company is not hosting their ftp sites the way you had told is their someway around how could i know the ftp link for any website do you have any idea.

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Posted 07 December 2009 - 12:51 PM

It used to be really common up till about 3-4 years ago that you would find these, and a lot of the time companies would allow their pub directories or ones that can be navigated to from pub as writable. There was a lot of interesting information that people would hide on these or use as a method of distribution as a way to stay more anonymous.

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Posted 07 December 2009 - 10:52 PM

Thanks for sharing your information i wanted to know how could i find if some company is not hosting their ftp sites the way you had told is their someway around how could i know the ftp link for any website do you have any idea.


There's no real way of knowing except by deduction. If you find links from the main website, they may point to an FTP site. bingo, you got it. otherwise, try googling the name of the company + ftp. Otherwise just try googling for whatever appears to be an ftp server.

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 05:37 PM

Just found a list here:
http://www.comadvantage.com/venftp.htm

3Com ftp://ftp.3com.com/
Acorn Computers Ltd. ftp://ftp.acorn.co.uk/
Adaptec, Inc. ftp://ftp.adaptec.com/
Adobe Systems Incorporated ftp://ftp.adobe.com/
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) ftp://ftp.amd.com/
American Megatrends, Inc. (AMI) ftp://american.megatrends.com/
Apple Computer, Inc. ftp://ftp.apple.com/
Asante Technologies, Inc. ftp://ftp.asante.com/
Asymetrix ftp://ftp.asymetrix.com/
ATI Technologies Inc. ftp://atitech.ca/
Autodesk, Inc. ftp://ftp.autodesk.com/
Berkeley Software Design ftp://ftp.bsdi.com/
Booklink Technologies, Inc. ftp://ftp.booklink.com/
Borland ftp://ftp.borland.com/
BusLogic, Inc. (coming soon!!!) ftp://buslogic.com/
Cabletron Systems ftp://134.141.197.25/
Calera Recognition Systems ftp://calera.com/
Cirrus Logic Corporation ftp://ftp.cirrus.com/
Claris Corporation ftp://ftp.claris.com/
Compaq Computer Corporation ftp://ftp.compaq.com/
Cray Research ftp://ftp.cray.com/
Creative Labs, Inc. ftp://ftp.creaf.com/
Crystal Lake Multimedia, Inc. ftp://ftp.teleport.com/vendors/crystal/
Dell Computer Corporation ftp://ftp.dell.com/
Delrina Corporation ftp://ftp.delrina.com/
Diamond Multimedia Systems, Inc. ftp://ftp.diamondmm.com/
Digital Equipment Corporation ftp://ftp.digital.com/
Farallon Computing, Inc. ftp://ftp.farallon.com/
Phoenix Technologies ftp://ftp.ptltd.com/
Fractal Design Corporation ftp://ftp.fractal.com/
FTP Software, Inc. ftp://ftp.ftp.com/
Global Village Communication, Inc. ftp://ftp.globalvillag.com/
Gupta Corporation ftp://wji.com/gupta/
Hercules Computer Technology, Inc. ftp://ftp.netcom.com/pub/he/hercules
Hewlett-Packard Company ftp://ftp-boi.external.hp.com/
IBM Corporation ftp://ftp.pcco.ibm.com/ (PC Company)
ftp://software.watson.ibm.com(Software)
ftp://ftp.ibm.net/ (Internet)
ID Software, Inc. ftp://ftp.idsoftware.com/
Insignia Solutions, Inc. ftp://ftp.insignia.com/
Intel Corporation ftp://ftp.intel.com/
Intergraph Corporation ftp://ftp.intergraph.com/
MathWorks, Inc. ftp://ftp.mathworks.com/
McAfee Associates, Inc. ftp://ftp.mcafee.com/
Microcom ftp://ftp.microcom.com/
Microsoft Corporation ftp://ftp.microsoft.com/
MIPS Technologies, Inc. ftp://sgigate.sgi.com/
National Center for Supercomputing Applications ftp://ftp.ncsa.uiuc.edu/
NCR Microelectronics ftp://ftp.ncr.com/
NEC USA, Inc. ftp://ftp.nec.com/
NetManage, Inc. ftp://ftp.netmanage.com/
Netscape Communications Corporation ftp://ftp.mcom.com/
NeXT Computer, Inc. ftp://ftp.next.com/
Novell, Inc. ftp://ftp.novell.com/
Olivetti North America ftp://ftp.isc-br.com/
Panasonic Technologies, Inc. ftp://panasonic.com/
QMS, Inc. ftp://ftp.qms.com/
Quadralay Corporation ftp://ftp.quadralay.com/
Qualcomm Incorporated ftp://ftp.qualcomm.com/
Quarterdeck Office Systems, Inc. ftp://ftp.qdeck.com/
Samsung Semiconductor Corporation ftp://ftp.samsung.com/
SCO Open Systems Software ftp://ftp.sco.com/
Shiva Corporation ftp://shiva.com/
Siemens-Nixdorf Information Systems ftp://ftp.mch.sni.de/
Silicon Graphics, Inc. ftp://ftp.sgi.com/
SoftQuad, Inc. ftp://ftp.sq.com/
Sony ftp://sony.com/
SPRY, Inc. ftp://ftp.spry.com/
Spyglass, Inc. ftp://spyglass.com/
Standard Microsystems Corporation (SMC) ftp://ftp.smc.com/
STB Systems, Inc. ftp://stb.com/
Supra Corporation ftp://ftp.supra.com/
Symantec Corporation ftp://ftp.symantec.com/
Tadpole Technology, Inc. ftp://ftp.tadpole.com/
Taligent, Inc. ftp://ftp.taligent.com/
Telebit Corporation ftp://ftp.telebit.com/
Texas Instruments ftp://ti.com/
U.S. Robotics Corporation ftp://ftp.usr.com/
Western Digital Corporation ftp://ftp.wdc.com/
Wilson WindowWare, Inc. ftp://oneworld.wa.com/wwwftp/wilson/
Wyse Technology ftp://ftp.wyse.com/
Ziff-Davis Publishing ftp://ftp.zdbop.ziff.com/

EDIT: I don't know when this list was made, but a lot of the links are now dead.

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 12:15 AM

looks interesting, i'll have to take a look at these sometime.

I took a quick look in the intel ftp hoping i might find something to do with the GMA 500 drivers, but had no luck. the place looked pretty empty, but i didn't look around too hard...

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 12:38 AM

Nice




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