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Enabling Telnet

Before you even try this, please be :!: WARNED :!: that using telnet to your DNS-323 you can very easily <hi #ffff00>brick</hi> your unit.

Modified firmware with telnet access

I (piotr) used Helge's instructions to build firmwares in order to modify Dlink's firmware version 1.05. Currently it adds telnet access on port 23 without password authentication. You can download and reflash via the web interface. Only telnet is added, the rest of the firmware functionality is left intact.

This allows you to do filesystem checks since running telnet from the ramdisk allows the raid/hard disks to be umounted, just umount them and run e2fsck.

modified DNS323 1.05 firmware with telnet access

Create the fun_plug

The first thing you need to do is to create a fun_plug. The minimum fun_plug for telnet access looks like this:

# Minimal fun_plug, only enables telnet
# Requires: /mnt/HD_a2/
#           /mnt/HD_a2/lnx_bin/busybox3
#           /mnt/HD_a2/lnx_bin/utelnetd
# Uncomment next line if you want "proof of concept". 
# A filem dmesg.out will be located on \\NAS\HDD_1 or 
# \\NAS\Volume_1 depnding on firmware version.
# dmesg > /mnt/HD_a2/dmesg.out
# Start the telnet deamon

Download Telnet

Next step is to dowload the files required. KRH kindly provided them for us and you can now download them from here: utelnet-kit.tar.gz. For Windows Users: :!: Dont use WinZIP - try 7-Zip or WinRAR instead :!:

From this file, extract the following files:

  • utelnetd
  • busybox3

Installing Telnet

When all files are extracted you need to install them. This can be achieved in several ways covered in the fun_plug howto. The most important is that the files resides on the first disc and in the following structure and that they have rights to execute.


Note that '.' represents \\NAS\HDD_1 on a 1.01 unit and \\NAS\Volume_1 on a 1.02/1.03 unit.

Final Touch

The final touch of this is a reboot of your DNS-323. When the unit has started up you should have telnet access. Recommended client for Windows is PuTTY

What's Next

So; now you have a telnet access and want to do something with it. Maybe a debian Sarge chroot system. Upgrade your iTunes server or make your ftp server working in a NAT'ed environment. You can even set-up your own WEB server using lighttpd.

But remember, always have fun, ;-), and be aware that you're now in a position where you can easily <hi #ffff00>brick</hi> your unit.


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