[ipxe-devel] "hidden menu"?

Robin Smidsrød robin at smidsrod.no
Thu Sep 19 13:27:19 UTC 2013

On 18.09.2013 09:35, Oliver Rath wrote:
> is it possible in ipxe to generate a "hidden" menu as in grub?

No, the menu/item/choose commands do not support any form of "hidden"
menu option.

> I imagine
> a time of i.e. 5 seconds with a dark screen where ipxe waits for a
> specific key doing some action.

You could use the prompt command to ask for another key than the one you
mention in the text and go to some "secret" menu if you press the right
key before the timeout.

> If this is possiblo with menu/item/choose imho it would be a good idea
> to put this into the documentation. But at the moment my tests failed.

It's not. My guess is that you want to lock out parts of your netboot
system to admins that know the super-secret way of accessing it, right?

My suggestion is to create an "admin-only" option in a menu, let it go
to the login command, let the user type in something and then verify
either username and/or password variables for what you expect. If you
don't use server-side verification it's just security through obscurity,
but it'll stop most users from getting in there.

If you're trying to do something else, please explain your use-case.

-- Robin

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