Hacking the Whistle InterJet
How to open root up on a Whistle Jet with the original software:
The Whistle Jet (WJ) is a Freebsd 2.2.6-RELEASE box that has been modified.
Here is /BUILD from one:
FreeBSD built1.whistle.com 2.2.6-RELEASE FreeBSD 2.2.6-RELEASE #0: Tue Mar 31 12
:19:58 PST 1998 firstname.lastname@example.org:/usr/src/sys/compile/BUILT1 i386
Fri Jan 29 11:53:36 PST 1999
1) build a freebsd box
2) plug in the original WJ disk drive and mount up it's /data partition
The original WJ fstab looks like so:
/dev/wd0e / ufs ro 1 1
/dev/wd0a /pingpong ufs rw,noauto 1 2
/dev/wd0f /extra ufs rw,noauto 1 2
/dev/wd0g /var ufs rw 1 2
/dev/wd0h /data ufs rw 1 2
/dev/wd0b swap swap sw 0 0
proc /proc procfs rw 0 0
Note that the WJ uses the old style names for drives, you'll need to mount
them with your newer style names. So to mount /data you'll want to do
# mount /dev/ad1s1h /mnt/data
3) edit /mnt/data/system/master.passwd and remove the crypted
password so the first line looks like:
and save it.
4) run pwd_mkdb(8) on the master.passwd file:
# pwd_mkdb -d /mnt/data/system/pwd.db /mnt/data/system/master.passwd
If you want to use the serial port on the back as a console you'll need
to edit /mnt/etc/ttys and /mnt/pingpong/etc/ttys to have the line:
ttyd0 "/usr/libexec/getty std.9600" xterms off secure
ttyd0 "/usr/libexec/getty std.9600" vt100 on secure
and then include the -Dh flag in /boot.config with:
echo "-Dh" >/mnt/boot.config
4a) Edit /etc/inetd.conf and enable telnet. [noted by Julian Elischer]
5) put the drive back in the WJ and boot it up. you should be able
to telnet in or use the serial port to console in at 9600 baud.
Julian's description of the root partition and boot process:
There are two root partitions.
When you do a software upgrade, the new image is loaded onto whichever
you are currently NOT using. then "nextboot" is run using /etc/nextboot.conf
so that the next boot will use the OTHER root partition
wd(0,a)/kernel wd(0,a)/kernel wd(0,e)/kernel wd(0,e)/kernel
This will try twice to boot on partition a and then if they both fail
it will try to boot on partition e. (where presumably
the old image that worked is still residing).
This is a nextboot.conf from the 'a' part.. the one on the 'e'
part would be reversed.. This info is stored on block 1 (not 0).
(see an old nextboot man page)
On each boot the first entry is zero'd out. On a successfull boot
the entire sequence is written back with the current successfull option
first on the list... FreeBSD lost this capacity in 3.x but we kept
using it way later since we needed it.
was last updated: 2016-10-15