*Netgear routers shown to have a serious security flaw

Declan Dunn, TechViews.org   …..

Cybercriminals seem to be everywhere. And after the massive take-down of almost one third of the American Internet in October by simply using home wi-fi devices, a focus is now on the security of home routers.

A vulnerability has been discovered in certain Netgear routers that allows unauthenticated webpages to pass from input directly to the command-line interface. It would allow a remote hacker to inject arbitrary commands, which would then be executed by the system.

In simple terms, if you are using one of the following home routers, a hacker can almost take total control of your home wi-fi gadgets.

Netgear has acknowledged this vulnerability and is testing their products. Here is a list of router models that have been confirmed to contain the flaw.

Vulnerable Netgear router models

  • R6250
  • R6400
  • R6700
  • R7000
  • R7100LG
  • R7300
  • R7900
  • R8000

If you own any of the routers on this list, we recommend that you stop using them immediately until Netgear comes out with a firmware update that fixes the flaw.

Netgear said they are working on a firmware update that will fix the command injection vulnerability and will release it as quickly as possible.

Our suggestion is to go to the Netgear website and check for modified firmware for your router and install it:   (http://kb.netgear.com/000036386/CVE-2016-582384)

And this is how you update the firmware to your Netgear router: (http://kb.netgear.com/23856/How-do-I-update-my-router-s-firmware-using-the-desktop-genie-app)

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