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So talk to me about BusyBox...

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Pierre!, Jul 28, 2011.

  1. Pierre!

    Pierre! NRA Life Member

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    Hey to All,

    Found 'BusyBox' loading on a D-Link router during start up... and I don't have 'BusyBox' on MY identical router...

    Client had no idea either... so I pulled it and swapped in one of my spare routers.

    I get the impression after googleing that this is a Linux open source "network tool" that is frequently used for *hacking*... Am I reading this right?

    I think I will download the most recent D-Link router software for the model and overwrite the current OS.. and see if BusyBox mysteriously *goes away*....

    Any other thoughts I should entertain?

    TIA

    Patrick
     
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    jasonvp Kantre Member Lifetime Member

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    BusyBox is a statically linked, all-in-one mini Linux distribution that is used for several things like routers, NAT devices, and a few other things. In fact, VMWare's hypervisor is also built off of BusyBox.

    It's basically a teeny distro with a kernel and one or two different executable files. Each of those files can do a ton of different things.

    It's entirely likely that someone replaced the factory OS on the D-Link device with one based on BusyBox. Not sure there, but it's nothing to worry about unless it's not working.

    jas
     

  3. Pierre!

    Pierre! NRA Life Member

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    Unless I got 'busyboxed' as well, it must be part of the router firmware! Mine states it too during startup... and I am 'clean'.

    Great! Lil bit o sweat for nothin. :cool: