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Several popular Netgear routers are vulnerable to potential hackers!

By Bryan Chan & Wong Chung Wee - on 14 Dec 2016, 4:49pm

Several popular Netgear routers are vulnerable to potential hackers!

The Netgear Nighthawk R7000 has a beta firmware that will patch its command injection security loophole.

Netgear has issued a security advisory listing several models of its popular routers that contain a bug in their firmware, making them susceptible to remote command injection attacks. The vulnerable models are listed below. If the model number is marked by an asterisk, this indicates a beta firmware fix is available for that product.

In the meantime, Netgear is working on a production firmware version that will address this vulnerability for all affected products. The company has strongly recommended that unpatched products be disconnected from their respective networks, in particular, the ones that don’t have any beta firmware versions. According to Netgear, the beta firmwares are just stop-gap measures for the affected products and the firmware have not been tested to their full extent. As a result, they might not work for all users. Therefore, please stay tuned to Netgear’s official announcements as soon as the production firmware versions are made available.

The flaw was discovered by a security researcher, who goes by his alias 'Aceworm'. According to Fortune, the concerned researcher alerted Netgear on August 25 this year. After being ignored for almost four months, he decided to go public about the unpatched vulnerability.

(Source: Netgear via Fortune)