When it comes to home computing, a router is a necessity. A router acts like a wee little electronic traffic-cop directing data packets from one computer network to another. The most common router names are Linksys and Netgear. For reasons that will be forever unknown to us mere mortals, a company called Trustwave actually paid a gentleman by the name of Martin Rakhmanov to spend over 12 months looking for bugs contained within the software of Netgear routers.
Now if you’re like me your first response is meh!, this surely doesn’t affect me. Well guess again Gumby! Netgear is the most popular brand sold on Amazon and Best Buy. Not only that – it affects 17 different models.
So how exactly does this vulnerability work, you ask? It appears that there is an option to activate or inactivate a remote authentication feature. If the remote authentication feature is activated it is very easy to exploit a bypass – according to The Register you “Just stick
&genie=1 in the URL, and bingo.”
Before you can say Stormy Daniels botnets and malicious nerds will be having their way with your data after they take control of your router!
So just to be on the safe side please follow these directions-
To download the latest firmware for your NETGEAR product:
Visit NETGEAR Support.
Start typing your model number in the search box, then select your model from the drop-down menu as soon as it appears.If you do not see a drop-down menu, make sure that you entered your model number correctly, or select a product category to browse for your product model.
Under Current Versions, select the download whose title begins with Firmware Version.
Click Release Notes.
Follow the instructions in the firmware release notes to download and install the new firmware.