[ipxe-devel] "hidden menu"?

rath at mglug.de rath at mglug.de
Fri Sep 20 13:11:31 UTC 2013

 Hi Robin!

 On Thu, 19 Sep 2013 15:27:19 +0200, Robin Smidsrød wrote:
> 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.

 Prompt command was the right idea! Thank you very much!

>> 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.

 I think, this "admin-only"-task is a good description. Its only a 
 optical issue. For admin-task i will do some username/password 


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