Another day, another story about problematic router firmware flaw/exploit (to add to the last few from Linksys)… They may be building networks for people but they left the door wide open for hackers to get in as well.
Last week, Phys.org among many sources reported a major backdoor vulnerability that’s been exposed in some of D-Link’s routers including the DIR-615, DIR-300, DIR-600, DIR-645, DIR-815, DIR-845L, DIR-865L, DSL-320B and DSL-321B. Craig Heffner, a vulnerability researcher with Tactical Network Solutions, discovered the issue over a week ago and immediately reported it to D-Link.
To D-Link’s credit, and unlike many of their counterparts in the router business, the company owned up to the issue quickly and immediately set about getting it fixed, rather than deflect or diminish the import of the error. The company assures that it is “proactively working with the sources of these reports as well as continuing to review across the complete product line to ensure that the vulnerabilities discovered are addressed.”
According to Phys.org, “a backdoor-type function built into the firmware of some D-Link routers could be used to bypass standard authentication procedures.” Once a hacker gets past these procedures, it’s simple enough to begin controlling the admin settings of the router and basically have complete control and access to all of the devices in your network. What a nice fall treat for D-Link users.
How to Fix For Router Firmware Flaws
Utilizing stock firmware that is created for simplicity but limited features oftentimes doesn’t take in account the advanced security needs that modern wired and wireless networking necessitates.
Seeing one major firmware flaw exposed oftentimes it is a symptom of a larger issue. Why wait for a patch or an upgrade? How would you even know of this issue being reported unless you were closely monitoring security and IT blogs.
Upgrading Your Network With Better Firmware
Again, while we admire D-Link’s commitment to addressing these issues, we don’t think it’s necessary that you, the consumer, deal with the risk of potentially vulnerable routers.
You can find if your router is supported by searching your model number on the DD-WRT site or on Google or your favorite search engine but be aware that improperly upgrading your device with these improved firmwares can cause a router to no longer function properly or to be bricked.
If you desire a fully upgraded router without the research or bricking hassle, FlashRouters ship the latest, stress-tested open-source firmwares on the most popular router models form Lnksys, Asus, Netgear, D-Link & more.
Faulty internal firmware is never an issue with a FlashRouter, because we flash every single one of our devices with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware. These replacement firmwares alleviate many of the issues that plague modern routers, creating advanced stability, adding advanced protective measures like access limitations and firewall protections, increasing the speed and power of your network, giving you access to advanced security options, and allowing you to determine exactly how you’d like your bandwidth allocated.
And if it’s a D-Link router you are on the hunt for, we offer a few D-Link DD-WRT models. From the all in one basic Wireless-N upgrade of the DIR-615 with a free Wireless Adapter to the D-Link DIR-632 DD-WRT FlashRouter for users looking to create a larger Ethernet-based network for their home or office & a USB port for sharing backup storage or networking a printer.
Don’t wait around for the day when you find out that your router is vulnerable. Protect & futureproof your network with a better router (and firmware) today!