Are you using a Netgear router? Researchers have discovered a very serious security gap that affects hundreds of thousands of Netgear devices.
The Trustwave security firm reports that the vulnerability effectively allows attackers to take advantage of the router's password recovery system to bypass authentication and use administrator credentials to manage full access to the device and its settings.
What is particularly worrying is that the security gap occurs in at least 31 different Netgear models leaving more than one million users open to attacks.
The most alarming is the fact that these devices could in some cases be disturbed remotely. As explained by Trustwave researcher Simon Kenin, any router that has remote management enabled is vulnerable to hacking.
Note that remote management is disabled by default on most devices, and the company says it has found more than 10 routers that have been compromised, but the actual number could be "over a million."
Kenin also warns that anyone with physical access to a defective router from Netgear can abuse its defensive mechanisms and gain access to the device by adding the router to botnets.
"The vulnerability could be exploited by a remote attacker if remote management is enabled. By default the function is not activated. However, anyone with physical access to a network with a vulnerable router can take advantage of it locally, "said the researcher.
"This includes public Wi-Fi areas, such as cafes and libraries that use vulnerable equipment."
- C6300 (firmware released to ISPs)