Warning: Bug allows complete takeover of dozens of popular routers

Your router plays multiple roles in keeping your home network together. Not only does it connect all of your gadgets to the web, but it also acts as a gateway for the data that comes and goes from the rest of the internet. As a result, it’s the perfect target for malicious hackers that want to take down all of your devices.Warning: Bug allows complete takeover of dozens of popular routers

This is the reason why we strongly recommend doing as much as you can to secure your router. Of all the devices in your home, aside from your computer, it’s probably the biggest target. Tap or click here to see the surefire ways to keep hackers out of your router.

When a security flaw is discovered in network devices like routers, it can spell disaster for internet users across the globe. And now, a bug has been found in 79 different popular router models that can allow hackers to take over your devices remotely. We have the complete list of affected routers, as well as what you can do to protect your network.

NETGEAR routers suffer from dangerous security flaw

According to reports from ZDNet, a critical security flaw has been detected in 79 different NETGEAR routers that can allow hackers remote access to your devices. The bug was identified by two independent security researchers and confirmed by a detailed proof-of-concept test that showed the exploit in action.

The issue, apparently, lies in how affected routers handle administrator settings. These routers fail to properly protect user input like passwords and settings, which means hackers can easily inject malicious requests that bypass your router’s security.

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Thankfully, the researchers pointed NETGEAR to the flaws, and the company has pledged to release a series of patches to protect these routers from compromise. Unfortunately, we don’t have a set date as to when these patches will materialize, and NETGEAR acknowledges that several older routers may not even receive patches in the first place.

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Which routers are affected? What can I do to protect myself.

In a twist of good fortune, we have a list of all the NETGEAR routers currently affected by the bug. You can confirm if your router number matches any of these by checking the bottom of your device where the barcodes and network information is found.

AC1450

EX6920

R6900

WN3500RP

D6220

EX7000

R6900P

WNCE3001

D6300

LG2200D

R7000

WNDR3300

D6400

MBM621

R7000P

WNDR3300v2

D7000v2

MBR624GU

R7100LG

WNDR3400

D8500

MBR1200

R7300

WNDR3400v2

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MBR1515

R7850

WNDR3400v3

DGN2200

MBR1516

R7900

WNDR3700v3

DGN2200v4

MBRN3000

R8000

WNDR4000

DGN2200M

MVBR1210C

R8300

WNDR4500

DGND3700

R4500

R8500

WNDR4500v2

EX3700

R6200

RS400

WNR834Bv2

EX3800

R6200v2

WGR614v8

WNR1000v3

EX3920

R6250

WGR614v9

WNR2000v2

EX6000

R6300

WGR614v10

WNR3500

EX6100

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WGT624v4

WNR3500v2

EX6120

R6400

WN2500RP

WNR3500L

EX6130

R6400v2

WN2500RPv2

WNR3500Lv2

EX6150

R6700

WN3000RP

XR300

EX6200

R6700v3

WN3100RP

Since no updates or patches are available yet, you may be waiting for some time before your router is fully safe to use. In the meantime, you can check for updates by following these steps below:

Open your router’s admin page by typing your IP address into your address bar. You will then be asked to enter your admin username and password. These can usually be found in the user guide for your router, but if you don’t have this information, there are sites that can help you figure it out. Tap or click here for a list of default passwords for 548 router brands.

Once you’re logged in, locate a section called Advanced or Management to look for firmware updates.

If an update is available, download and install it to your device.

Check if updates are available every couple of weeks or so until the patch is available. If your router is more than five years old, however, you might need to pick up a brand new one to stay safe. Tap or click here to see Kim’s favorite brand of router.

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Until the patches are fully available, use your best judgment when browsing the web. Make sure to avoid any unusual or unfamiliar websites during your sessions, and be especially careful of email attachments that could put your computer and network at risk. At this point in time, it’s just not worth tempting fate.

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