No security when using just a USB stick?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Network Storage Devices' started by kiskadee, Apr 18, 2006.

  1. kiskadee

    kiskadee Network Guru Member


    I was thinking of sharing some data that lies on a USB stick. Firmware 2.3R63 lets me set up a password for the "guest" account, which is fine. But it won't let me change the password for the "admin" account! It says that changing the password is not possible, because there's no ext3 harddisk connected. So everybody who has access to my nslu2 has full access...

    So, is there a way to make it more secure? I don't want to connect a harddisk just for this...

  2. d__l

    d__l Network Guru Member

    Are you talking about sharing data with people over the internet? If you only allow FTP access to the NSLU2 through your router, then there wouldn't be complete exposure to its wide open administration settings.
  3. kiskadee

    kiskadee Network Guru Member

    That's right. I want to share the data over the internet. But not with everybody. That's why I need more security. I don't understand why the firmware lets me configure the guest access and also modify a password for the guest account, but the admin password cannot be changed.

  4. d__l

    d__l Network Guru Member

    Thats just the way it is, but it isn't an exposure problem as long as only FTP acccess is used through your router.

    Getting the FTP access through the router functional may be more of a problem than you think though. There are some fellows with DLink routers that haven't managed it yet.
  5. Mujja

    Mujja Network Guru Member

    Is the USB stick formatted as EXT3. You need atleast one EXT3 formatted drive to be able to set passwords.
  6. kiskadee

    kiskadee Network Guru Member

    The NSLU won't format my USB stick. I will try to do it on my linux machine...

    I can set up a password for the ftp guest account, so it should be possible to do the same for the admin account...

  7. kiskadee

    kiskadee Network Guru Member

    I formated my stick with ext3. It is recognized by my linux machine as well as by my windows laptop. But NSLU won't recognize the ext3 formatted stick.

    It says "Not formatted" on the Home screen and "Not installed" on the disk administration screen...
  8. d__l

    d__l Network Guru Member

    You can't simply format a USB stick or any HD in Linux for ext3 and then have it recognized by the NSLU2. The NSLU2 must do the ext3 formatting for the stick or drive.

    With standard factory firmware, the NSLU2 will not format any drive, USB stick or HD, smaller than 10 GB. To format a stick for the NSLU2, you must use one of the third party firmwares.
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