Another day, another huge batch of network security issues for stock router firmware. This time it is one of the top router manufacturers around – Netgear.
Netgear has just announced 50 security vulnerability patches for its routers, switches, NAS devices, and wireless access points. These router issues include cross-site-scripting problems on smart home switches. Furthermore, more severe vulnerabilities such as remote hijacking are a concern for users of default Netgear firmware.
Of the 50 security vulnerabilities, 20 of these patches address high-risk situations while the other 30 address medium security risks. Use Netgear’s security advisory page for the latest stock firmware vulnerability and security updates.
Vulnerable Stock Firmware Netgear Routers
Many of these security risks affect consumer grade routers such as:
*Bold indicates DD-WRT supported models
The Good News?
Thankfully, none of these vulnerabilities were discovered by hackers, as security researchers have reported the flaws directly to Netgear. Netgear has addressed these issues in a timely manner. Additionally, Netgear released updates to their firmware that should keep your wireless network safe, unlike other router manufacturers.
These firmware updates can be installed relatively easily if you have stock Netgear firmware. Netgear provides instructions to guide you through the firmware upgrading process.
It is important to keep your router’s firmware up to date because new security flaws are being found and fixed every so often. With all your devices in your home being connected to the Internet via your router, checking for new firmware regularly can protect your information from being compromised.
The Better News for DD-WRT Netgear Users!
Here at FlashRouters, we rarely have issues with security flaws and vulnerabilities. Every router that gets shipped out comes updated and pre-flashed with aftermarket, enhanced open-source firmware such as DD-WRT or Tomato.
Open-source firmware gets its name from having an openly available firmware code that is available for the public to see. This reduces the risk of government backdoors and potential malware that could be installed onto stock router firmware.
According to CVE Details, a database for security vulnerabilities, the current iteration of DD-WRT and Tomato firmware are not affected by these flaws that are evident in stock firmware.
With some of the affected routers being the Netgear R7000, R7800, and R9000, it is recommended that you make the switch to an open-source firmware immediately with the remote help of our support plans.
This would never be a problem with our custom flashed Netgear routers, as they already come with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware.