Netgear releases firmware updates for vulnerable routers

Patches released for trivial-to-exploit flaw.

Graham Cluley
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Netgear releases firmware updates for vulnerable routers

Last week I described on the We Live Security blog how a number of Netgear routers were at risk of being easily exploited by hackers.

Netgear updated its security advisory on Friday, detailing the list of devices that it had confirmed to be vulnerable, all of which now have either beta or production firmware fixes available for them to resolve the vulnerability.

At the time of writing, here is the list of routers for which production firmware updates are available:

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  • R6400
  • R7000
  • R8000

And the following routers have beta firmware fixes available:

  • R6250
  • R6700
  • R6900
  • R7100LG
  • R7300DST
  • R7900
  • D6220
  • D6400

In addition, Netgear has confirmed that its D700 model is not at risk of exploitation as first feared.

Netgear says it will release production firmware fixes for remaining routers as quickly as possible.

Netgear goes on to say that it is continuing to review its entire range of routers to see if any others might be affected by the security vulnerability, and will release firmware updates if necessary.

If you wanted an omen of what 2017 has in store for us, this is it. Expect many more internet-connected devices to be found to be lacking when it comes to security. You can help protect yourself, and other internet users, by ensuring that you apply patches as quickly as possible.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity industry, having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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