A month ago, we collected a study prepared by the Fraunhofer Institute for Communication (FKIE), which had analyzed 127 home routers from seven different brands, and had determined that all of them had vulnerabilities, and many of them were not going to receive security updates. Now, a specific brand has 79 vulnerable routers, and 45 of them will not receive updates.
We talk about Netgear, which has just released a Firmware update for their most recent routers that have been affected by a serious vulnerability that allows remote code to be executed, and which was discovered in the middle of last June. This vulnerability affects home routers, and the user can do nothing to protect themselves from an attack that allows a hacker to bypass the configuration login screen and take full control of the router. The vulnerability can be exploited both locally and remotely.
Only 34 models receive a patch: the other 45 are no longer supported
Of the 79 routers affected, Netgear has released patches for 34 models. However, the other 45 models will not receive updates because, according to Netgear, “they are out of the security support period.” This period is three years, so everything router released before 2017 It does not have the vulnerability patched.
Investigators discovered the flaw in January, and not only gave the company 90 days to release the patches, they gave them margin until mid-January. Netgear requested a second extension by the end of June, but the researchers declined and published the vulnerability as well.
One of the affected models has WiFi 5 and was launched in 2016
Netgear has taken another month to fix the failure, and on top of that it has done so in less than half of the affected devices, where the oldest was launched in 2007, so they are models that we can find perfectly in many homes today. . In fact, one of them, the Nighthawk DST AC1900 (R7300), has WiFi 5 and was released in 2016.
The list of all affected routers is available on this Netgear support page. Those who will not receive security patches are the following models:
If you have one of these routers, the most recommended is that you change it for one that does receive security updates, since if you are not leaving your connection open to any hacker. Take a look at the best routers of 2020 to see which one best suits what you need. It may be the ideal time to buy one that has WiFi 6.
For their part, those who have already received security updates are the following: