• created: 2015/05/16
  • edited: 2017/12/31


  1. A router running OpenWrt;
  2. Recovery software from Fox_exe, download it here.


First, setup a TFTP server with OpenWrt

You need to make sure that dnsmasq has been installed on your router,

then open up /etc/config/dhcp and under the ‘dnsmasq’ section add the following lines (or if these lines already exist, adjust the values to match).

option enable_tftp '1'
option tftp_root '/var/tftp'

create a folder on your OpenWrt router where the recovery system for debricking WD MyCloud will be stored

mkdir /var/tftp

ATTENTION! /var is a link to/tmp, which will be flushed after reboot. Then it the missing folder will prevent dnsmasq form starting up.

Make sure you uncomment these options above beforing rebooting, or change the tftp_root folder to somewhere else if your router have plenty of space left.

Then, upload two files bootimage and start.sh in the downloaded root folder to /var/tftp。 Restart dnsmasq

/etc/init.d/dnsmasq restart

to apply these changes.

Second, bring your WD MyCloud back alive!

  1. Make sure that nmap is installed.

    In your computer’s terminal

    sudo nping --dest-mac <Your WD MyCloud's MAC> -c 999 --icmp --icmp-type echo --icmp-code 0 --data-string WD-ICMP-BEACON
  2. Power on your WD MyCloud(Get its IP address in /var/dhcp.leases if you have enabled dhcp of your router)

  3. telnet <Your WD MyCloud's IP> from your computer. If everything went well, you should be able to see ``` Trying… Connected to Escape character is ‘^]’.

/ # ```

  1. Troubleshoot the system or install a new one. I prefer clean debian. You can get it from the first reference bellow.

How it works?

Well, basically “WD-ICMP-BEACON” is a backdoor, 

WD MyCloud will try to boot from a TFTP server if it receives the specific packet --data-string WD-ICMP-BEACON during startup.


  1. All you needs is a TFTP server, I choose OpenWrt +dnsmasq for convenience;
  2. You can actually use any TFTP image to do the trick, the bootimage used here has limited functions(I even have to use netcat to upload the system recover image);
  3. As for debricking in Windows, just follow Fox_exe’s README.txt in the Recovery software folder.