WDLXTV App pack: dropbear-ssh.app.bin-0.1

Heres another app.bin pack for use in WDLXTV, my custom WDTV firmware. The following pack contains an SSH server, for a more secure remote connection than telnet.

Simply unzip dropbear-ssh.app.bin.zip, then place dropbear-ssh.app.bin onto a harddrive/flashdisk & boot your WDTV with the device connected.

You will now have an SSH server running and can use it instead of telnet. Any standard client will do: putty, xterm, etc. The application will be mounted in /apps/dropbear-ssh.

NOTE: before you can remotely log into your WDTV via ssh you will have to set a root password. This is done like so:

$ telnet wdtv-01
Connected to
Escape character is '^]'.
wdtv-01 login: root

BusyBox v1.10.0 (2009-02-15 05:09:42 CST) built-in shell (msh)
Enter 'help' for a list of built-in commands.

# passwd

Changing password for root
New password:
Retype password:
Password for root changed by root

If you are told:

passwd: cannot update password file /etc/shadow

then you need to upgrade to WDLXTV-0.2, I spaced and forgot to do something important in 0.1 : S


  • You must use WDLXTV-0.2 (rectifies password issue)

  • Passwordless login is disabled (for you own good)
  • The system will become unstable if you remove the device containing the app.bin.


** dropbear-ssh.app.bin 0.1**

June 2nd, 2009 02:00

I have Zoranders ext3-boot firmware, i can telnet my box and login with user root and no password, but when i execute passwd i get passwd: not found
any idea?


<<< edit: no clue about the small peculiarities of ext3-boot, could try:

busybox passwd


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September 7th, 2009 14:21

Hi and thanks for all you do for WD TV. I put dropbear-ssh.app.bin at the root of my USB key but it’s not loaded since I can not connect by ssh and there is nothing into /apps. Could you help me please ?

<<< edit: try a different device/slot/reformat. –b-rad >>>

October 30th, 2009 15:36

Hi b-rad, I have this loaded and working.
Should I be able to use the scp command. I get ” not found “. Is it part of Dropbear ?

< << edit: It's not included, I'll see about compiling it in sometime. --b-rad >>>

November 13th, 2009 04:50

Hi, does this support RSA authentication?

January 4th, 2010 14:35

is there another host other than RS? it won’t let me download it unless i become a member!

also, does the WD produce the key then that i would have to accept?

<<< edit: the key is produced by the software the first time its run. –b-rad >>>

March 9th, 2010 05:29

Hi B-rad. If i were to remove the app, would I need to re-flash the firmware?


<<< edit: no, app.bins are dynamically loaded plugins. You remove one and its gone. –b-rad >>>

March 9th, 2010 05:30

Sorry, I meant re-flash the firmware


May 9th, 2010 22:18

Why use this app.bin insted of only install scp (and so in automatic it install opernssh) ?

With this app.bin i’m not able to use winscp to handle my wdtv

It’s just to know, it’s now a flame this post

August 12th, 2010 17:54

I’m new to this…
This app does not seem to work, at least with, as it looks for libutil.so.0 but the one in /lib is called libutil.so.1.

<<< edit: All the app.bins in this area are for WDTV Gen1 only, most of them are included inside the fw on Gen2 & live. –b-rad >>>