Home Media Enable Telnet And Root Access

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This article explains how to enable telnet and obtain root access to your IOMega Home Media Network Hard Drive. This was once a manual chore involving disassembly and modifying files on the hard disk in another computer (that guide still exists here). Now its a few clicks away in the device web interface!

Warning.png Warning: This modification probably voids your warranty. You do this all at your own risk!

How To

Please remember to change your password once you have done this!

  1. Download the latest version of the firmware mod home-media-telnet-2.063 - its available here in the downloads area
  2. Unzip it. Yes its supposed to be very tiny - it only contains changes to a couple of config files
  3. Login to the web interface on your device and use the extracted file in the firmware updater
  4. The device will update a few files then reboot. After your device has fully started up you should be able to telnet it!

The password for root and a new user that has been added for telnet access called nascentral is ioadmin123

You need to login as nascentral user then su to root - you can not telnet in as root

When I telnet it is just asks me for a password first. If I hit enter it then asks me for a username and password and works great!

tim@raptor~# telnet
Connected to
Escape character is '^]'.
Password:         < I was prompted for a password not a user name first so just hit enter
Login incorrect
Iomega-09681e login: nascentral
Last login: Sat Dec 26 20:31:59 EST 2009 from tim-elliss-macbook-pro-15.local on pts/0
Linux #1 Mon Jun 1 11:21:53 MDT 2009 armv5tejl
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the exact distribution terms for each program are described in the
individual files in /usr/share/doc/*/copyright.
Debian GNU/Linux comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY, to the extent
permitted by applicable law.
nascentral@Iomega-09681e:~$ su -

Updated update :)

A new version is available, which should work on all firmware versions. Tested so far on 2.038, 2.063 and 2.064. The update actually executes this script:


# add group nascentral, if necessary
if ! cat /etc/group | grep nascentral  ; then
    echo nascentral\:x\:1000: >>/etc/group
    echo nascentral\:\!\:\: >>/etc/gshadow

# add user nascentral, if necessary
if ! cat /etc/passwd | grep nascentral  ; then
    echo nascentral\:\:1000\:1000\:root\:/home/nascentral\:/bin/bash >>/etc/passwd
    echo nascentral\:\:14517\:0\:99999\:7\:\:\: >>/etc/shadow

# Create homedir for nascentral
mkdir -p /home/nascentral
chown nascentral.nascentral /home/nascentral

# Change password for root and nascentral to ioadmin123
cat /etc/passwd | sed -e '/^root:/s/:[^:]*:/:$1$$goRzr7Z2nQvrAoiRJGUhr\/:/' > /tmp/passwd
cat /tmp/passwd | sed -e '/^nascentral:/s/:[^:]*:/:$1$$goRzr7Z2nQvrAoiRJGUhr\/:/' > /etc/passwd
rm -f /tmp/passwd

# Add telnet to inetd.conf
if cat /etc/inetd.conf | grep \#\ telnet ; then
    # telnet *is* in conf file, but it's switched off
    # remove the line
    cat /etc/inetd.conf | grep -v \#\ telnet >/tmp/inetd.conf
    rm /etc/inetd.conf
    mv /tmp/inetd.conf /etc/inetd.conf

if ! cat /etc/inetd.conf | grep telnet ; then
    echo "telnet stream tcp nowait root /usr/sbin/tcpd in.telnetd" >>/etc/inetd.conf

  • When the user or group nascentral doesn't exist, it will be created.
  • A homedirectory for nascentral will be created.
  • The password of both nascentral and root will be reset to ioadmin123.
  • The telnet daemon will be enabled, if it's not yet enabled.
  • The box will be rebooted.

You can find the update here. Just download, and upload using the webinterface of your Home Media.