Wednesday, 14 December 2016 11:36

Netgear routers - some may need a patch

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Several Netgear routers (list below) are affected by a now publicly disclosed vulnerability.

The US Cert/CC has issued a vulnerability notice VU#5824384 covering Netgear R6250, R6400, R6700, R6900, R7000, R7100LG, R7300, R7900, R8000, D6220 and D7000 routers which are vulnerable to arbitrary command injection. Later AC3200, 5400 and 7200 routers are not affected.

By convincing a user to visit a specially crafted website, a remote unauthenticated attacker may execute arbitrary commands with root privileges on affected routers.

Netgear has issued an advisory and is rolling out firmware updates.

Cert/CC says that enabling remote administration allows affected routers to be exploited via direct requests from the WAN. As such, users are strongly advised to disable remote administration. Netgear’s Web interface has this under the Advanced tab, Advanced Setup, Remote Management – turn it off.

 


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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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