You probably don't think about your home's router much. Unless of course, you are having problems, like a lost internet connection. Many times a quick reboot will clear up these pesky little issues.
However, there are times when serious problems arise that require a more thorough fix. Recently, there were vulnerabilities discovered in some Netgear routers causing huge security risks.
What's the risk?
The flaw found in certain Netgear routers allow unauthenticated webpages to pass from input directly to the command-line interface. It would allow a remote hacker to inject arbitrary commands, which would then be executed by the system. It's being referred to as security issue #582384.
Basically, if you are using one of these vulnerable routers, a hacker can almost take total control of your gadget. We warned you at the time of discovery to stop using these routers until a firmware update fixing the flaw was released.
Good news, Netgear has just released a firmware update for some of the impacted routers.
How to update your router's firmware
Netgear has updated the firmware for four of the affected routers. The company recommends the firmware update be performed on a computer with a wired connection. Here are the instructions to upgrade your firmware:
- Write down all the settings that you change from the default values, since you may need to reenter them manually.
- Download and extract the new firmware to a convenient place such as your desktop. We will provide links to all of the available updates below.
- Log in to the router using a web browser. The URL is http://www.routerlogin.net.
- Click Advanced >> Administration >> Router Update.
- Click Browse and find the file you just downloaded.
- Click Upload. Do NOT interrupt the update while the router performs this step.
You will see the instructions above along with other troubleshooting tips on each firmware update page. You can click here for the Netgear support page and search for your router's model number for available firmware updates.
Below is a list of Netgear routers, along with links to the available firmware updates, that fix the security flaws:
If you are using any of the Netgear routers listed above, click on the link we provided and follow the upgrade instructions.
Even if your router isn't on the list of affected models, you definitely need to keep its firmware up to date. Read the one thing your router needs now to keep hackers out for a more detailed explanation.