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Anyone know of any tools to jailbreak an Apple Time capsule? I'm interested in installing sshd for sshfs access.

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As it stands there is no way to jailbreak Apple's Time Capsule or the Airport Extreme. They are running NetBSD but the firmware images are encrypted and no one has broken it thus far.

You can view a couple related questions on ServerFault that have to do with this as well:

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How do you know these devices are running NetBSD? – Chris Feb 6 '14 at 3:20
@Chris: There are a couple spots (that I've sadly long forgotten). There are some who decompiled firmware images: while there are also some PDFs that were on the CDs that acknowledged NetBSD. – Chealion Feb 12 '14 at 22:16
hmmm, that blog post you state never explains how he came up with the idea that the TC is running NetBSD. – Chris Feb 12 '14 at 23:49
well i just stumbled upon this, – Chris Feb 13 '14 at 23:47

If you avoid the latest firmware update (7.6) and try to exploit (like this guy) the ISC DHCP bug then you might be able to jailbreak the TC....

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thanks! I was going to give up on my time capsule and use a pogo plug for disk sharing. – sal Nov 22 '11 at 14:30

I would (and did) look at setting up a Linux server running Netatalk to provide Time Machine functionality.

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I like that idea, but I already have a time capsule. I can't justify buying another box right now. At some point I will look for a small form factor linux box with wifi, four eth ports and a pair of hard drive bays. – sal Aug 25 '09 at 13:52

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