Wouter Martens


Hi, my name is Wouter... or « wuotr » online. I'm a 28- year old app developer, UX enthusiast and music / movie / serie lover. I'm currently working at iCapps in Antwerp, Belgium.


SSH into your Synology NAS as 'custom user'

A quick tip for Synology enthusiasts ;-).

If you are using SSH to connect to your Synology NAS, you'll notice that only the root and admin user are allowed by default. If you try to login as another user, the terminal says that "permission is denied" and then cuts the connection. I wouldn't really call this desired behaviour.

Luckily, this issue is easy to overcome… Just edit /etc/passwd with your favorite (command line) text editor. You should replace /sbin/nologin with /bin/ash for users you want allow secure shell access. Save the file, quit the editor and… "SSH like a boss" (with your wee custom user)!