If you have an Asus RT-N or RT-AC router with stock/default Asus Firmware, you should install the latest firmware updates released for these models. These firmware updates address many vulnerabilities in the Asus firmware.
What Are the Latest Asus Firmware Vulnerabilities?
Firmware vulnerabilities could allow attackers to hijack router settings. Additionally, these flaws could have allowed for hackers to change router settings without your authentication. The flaws can also change the router password, extract data and even execute malicious code.
A security consultant company called Nightwatch Cybersecurity discovered these flaws in January. Furthermore, the consultant has brought them to Asus’ attention, prompting this firmware patch/update.
Which Asus Router Models Can Be Hijacked?
As many as 40 Asus routers were affected from the RT-N and R-AC family of routers. It is recommended you update the Asus firmware if you are running v188.8.131.52.380.7378 firmware or higher. Firmware updates can be found on the Asus website.
However, if you own one of the models in bold below, you can flash the router with open-source fimware. This is where FlashRouters is here to help. FlashRouters can flash your router remotely with DD-WRT firmware with our FlashRouter Remote Tech Support Plans. After purchasing a support plan, simply email our support team to setup a remote TeamViewer session and they will remotely flash your router with DD-WRT firmware.
RT-AC51U, RT-AC52U B1, RT-AC53, RT-AC53U, RT-AC55U, RT-AC56R, RT-AC56S, RT-AC56U, RT-AC66U, RT-AC68U, RT-AC68UF, RT-AC66R, RT-AC66U, RT-AC66W, RT-AC68W, RT-AC68P, RT-AC68R, RT-AC68U, RT-AC87R, RT-AC87U, RT-AC88U, RT-AC1200, RT-AC1750, RT-AC1900P, RT-AC3100, RT-AC3200, RT-AC5300
RT-N11P, RT-N12 (D1 version only), RT-N12+, RT-N12E, RT-N16, RT-N18U, RT-N56U, RT-N66R, RT-N66U (B1 version only), RT-N66W, RT-N300, RT-N600, RT-4G-AC55U – [No patch available]
How To Protect Yourself From Future Asus Firmware Vulnerabilities
The simplest way to remove potential network security holes from under-performing firmware like stock Asus is to remove it. Whether it’s upgrading to open source firmware on your compatible router or replacing it with a FlashRouter pre-flashed with tested, plug and play open source firmware.
Flashing a router with open-source firmware completely replaces the stock Asus firmware (and it’s security flaws) normally found on these models. Furthermore, this makes the router more stable and more secure by allowing for an array of benefits including advanced security features.
The most popular Asus model we offer is the Asus RT-AC3200 AC3200 TomatoUSB router. It has a 1 GHz Broadcom processor and 4 external antennas. This makes it a fantastic balance of range and power.
Need a bit more power or have a huge house? There’s also the very high-end Asus RT-AC5300 AC5300 DD-WRT. It has a whopping 8 high powered external antennas. Indeed, these antennas offer maximum WiFi coverage and an ultra power 1.4 Ghz Broadcom processor. A phenomenal choice if your looking for high-quality streaming, multiple devices and lag free gaming.
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