Enabling ssh access on MyBook World Edition
The whole process doesn't require hard drive disassembly. It does not even require physical access to the drive.
It works fine on every WD MyBook WE models (both I and II, capacities from 320GB to 2TB).
Warning: These instructions are provided on "AS-IS" basis. There is no guarantee of any kind and you may void your warranty.
Don't blame me if you brick your MyBook.
First of all you have to create a new user using standard web interface. SSH will not allow you to
log-in as root without password.
Then enter this URL into your browser:
You should see page that displays that "new firmware is available". (default username/password for virgin MyBook
Click on "Click to download and install".
(Note: if you are interested how this works, click here).
Now you have to be patient, whole process will take a while - not 30 minutes as stated on the firmware upgrade page, because
you are not actually performing any upgrade. The "upgrade" process will generate ssh host keys. This takes maybe 1 or 2 minutes.
Then root's password is reset (set to '') and finally, sshd process is spawned.
Please note that you will not be informed about the operation progress. Just try to log in using ssh after few minutes to see
if it has succeeded. When you find out that sshd is running, log in under user you have created in the first step. You should
get bash shell immediately. Then type "su -" (no password) to get root shell.
Making sshd permament
In order to get ssh daemon running each time you power-up your MyBook, add the following line to /etc/inittab:
Now reboot your MyBook to see it if works.
I highly recommend to get rid of mionet processes. This stuff allows "worldwide" data sharing, but I guess it's useleess since
you can install a webserver or ftp server on your MyBook. Mionet is written in Java, which means that you will save a lot of
Consider also installing alternative web administration interface.
FAQ: No firmware avaliable bug
"No new firmware available" is caused by the failure of MyBook to fetch the upgrade script. Try to reboot MyBook and run the
firmware upgrade process again.
Comment from user: Thank you for sharing your "upgrade." I came online with
SSH only after I rebooted the MyBook several times before
finally realizing that I had not set up the DNS fields
first. Perhaps you can add it to your FAQ.
FAQ: Cannot log in
Common question: Hi I ahve run your script to enable SSH on my MBWE2 1TB. and I cant seem to login. It keeps saying access denied.
On your website it says this "(set to '')" which I assume means blank? I have tried blank using both Root and admin accounts.
You have to create a user via MyBook web interface first. Let's call this user 'joe'. Then log in using ssh joe@[mybookIP] -v.
When you log in, type su - in order to become superuser (root). No password is required for this.
FAQ: No firmware available
Per Danielsson wrote: After clicking on the "update firmware" button I waited a few minutes
and then got an error message saying that the firmware update failed
(Firmware failed to download - try later " or something). I tried again
several times, with the same result. However, the error message is
misleading, because your script did run so I was able to log in to the
MBWE with ssh.
This happens on a MBWE with firmware version 2.00.15.
Thanks for sharing your hack with the rest of us.