Dropbear (sshd)

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Dropbear implements version 2 of the Secure Shell (SSH) protocol. With this you will be able to ssh your iDroid over TCP.


Getting Started

First of all I would like to say that this is not the "proper" way of installing Dropbear. But at this point this solution will suffice.


- Rooted iDroid

- Shell Connectivity (adb working - either tcp or usb)

- Dropbear Files


The following is not required, but it is highly recommended as we will need a way of turning the server on and off, and the GScript tool is a very simple way to do that.

- Working Market

- GScript Lite (Market app)

Downloading Dropbear Files

Download Dropbear for Android Here

Download Dropbearkey Here

Download busybox Here


Ok enough of talk I need ssh!

Uploading Dropbear files to iDroid

1) Connect to the phone using ADB:


adb connect x.x.x.x:5555
adb shell


adb shell

2) Now remount /system read-write:

mount -o remount,rw /dev/root /system

3) Upload the dropbear file to /system/bin

adb push dropbear /system/bin
adb push dropbearkey /system/bin
adb push busybox /system/bin

Setting up Dropbear

1) reconnect to the adb shell

adb shell

2) Set the proper mode on the dropbear files and create a symlink for killall command

chmod 755 /system/bin/dropbear
chmod 755 /system/bin/dropbearkey
chmod 755 /system/bin/busybox
ln -s /system/bin/busybox /system/bin/killall

3) Create the Dropbear directory inside /etc

mkdir /etc/dropbear

4) Generate a private rsa key.

dropbearkey -t rsa -f /etc/dropbear/dropbear_rsa_host_key

Thats it, you are done with the install!

Running the server

To run the server you'll need to execute the dropbear command with some parameters.

Running/Stoping the sshd with Gscript

Remember I told you GScript is recommended? Here is why: It is faster to run/kill the server from the UI!

So open Gscript and create one new script, make sure "Needs SU?" is marked. For the Name field type sshd-on and type this in the box:

dropbear -A -N root -U 0 -G 0 -C alpine -p 22

Note that "apline" is the SSH password for root and can be changed in the script to any password that may be wished.

Now create another script, this time name it sshd-off and type the following in the box:

killall dropbear

You are now done! Just open Gscript and touch the sshd-on script to start the sshd.

Running / Stopping the Server Manually


Connecting to the shell


Just open a terminal and type:

ssh <idroid_ip>

Type in the password you choose earlier and you should be in.


Windows users need a program called putty to ssh to a server. First download putty here.

Now open putty and type the idroid ip in the field "Host name", the port should be 22 and connection type SSH. Now click the button Open.

For user type in "root" and then type in the password you choose earlier.

You should now be in the shell.

Aditional cosmetic Setup

The sh shell prompt is quite ugly. Just a #. You can customize that by "echoing" some stuff to the .profile file in /data/local/.profile.

To do that, first mount the /data in read/write mode.

adb shell
mount -o remount,rw /dev/root /data

Now echo something inside the .profile

echo 'PS1="iDroid # "' > /data/local/.profile

your prompt will look something like this:

[root@prometheus] (1.3 MB) [~] # ssh root@
root@'s password: 
iDroid # whoami
iDroid #