Telnet Access to the iSTAR Mini HD

These instruction are adapted from notes here:

There are two sets of instructions. If you have an attached SATA drive you can make the telnetd automatically start by following the additional instructions.

Although I've taken a simpler approach and assumed that everybody has a memory stick. This means that it's probably going to work first time.

Extract the following to a USB memory stick

This will create a directory called mvpmc with a few files in it; telnet.html, script.cgi and utelnetd


  • Insert this into the back of your iSTAR.
  • From the MEDIA BROWSER - Select the USB drive (USB_DRIVE_A-1)
  • Now select the HTML Browser main menu option (as seen on the left)
  • Browse into the folder mvpmc
  • Select the telnet.html file

If its successful you should see the following text

Telnetd started on port 23...

You're in !

-bash-3.2# telnet
Connected to
Escape character is '^]'.

If you have an SATA drive attached to your ISTAR then you can have the utelnetd automatically started whenever the FTP daemon starts.

To perform this step its assumed that you already have telnet access by following the instructions above.

First we put the utelnet daemon onto the HDD by copying the file from our USB drive.

cp /opt/sybhttpd/localhost.drives/USB_DRIVE_A-1/mvpmc/utelnetd /mnt/syb8634/bin

Now we modify the FTP startup script to automatically start utelnetd. As there is no editor available we will simply CAT from STDIN to the file we want. Press CTRL-D (^D) to terminate the input.

cd /mnt/syb8634/etc
cat >
# Pure FTP Server
start() {
        echo -n "Starting FTP Server..."
        /mnt/syb8634/bin/nmt_services.cgi cmd=ftp_passwd opt=ftpuser > /dev/null 2> /dev/null
        /mnt/syb8634/bin/pure-ftpd -j -H -lpuredb:/mnt/syb8634/etc/pureftpd.pdb -U 133:022 -c 10 -k 100 -I 1440 -w &
        /mnt/syb8634/bin/utelnetd -l /bin/sh -p 23 &
stop() {
        echo -n "Stopping FTP Server..."
        kill `cat /tmp/`
restart() {
case "$1" in
        echo $"Usage: $0 {start|stop|restart}"
        exit 1
exit $?

That's it as long as FTP is enabled the utelnetd will start-up too !

ZIP file contents

telnet.html file contains a URL that runs a CGI script:

<a href="http://localhost.drives:8883/USB_DRIVE_A-1/mvpmc/script.cgi">Telnetd (USB)</a>

script.cgi tricks the iSTAR into running a telnet daemon

echo "Content-Length: 29"
echo "Content-type: text/html"
echo ""
test -d /etc/mvpmc || mkdir /etc/mvpmc
mount --bind /opt/sybhttpd/localhost.drives/USB_DRIVE_A-1/mvpmc /etc/mvpmc
cp /etc/mvpmc/utelnetd /usr/bin
chmod 755 /usr/bin/utelnetd
utelnetd -l /bin/sh -p 23 &
echo "Telnetd started on port 23............";
exit 0

utelnetd - is a MIPS compiled telnet daemon.