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Chromecast

OK, Google: Why does Chromecast clobber Wi-Fi connections?

Wi-Fi router vendors have started issuing patches to defend their products against Google Chromecast devices. TP-Link and Linksys were first out of the blocks with firmware fixes, and TP-Link has posted this explanation of the issue. The bug is not in the routers, but in Google's "Cast" feature, used in Chromecast, Google …
chips

FREE zero-day for every reader: AT&T's DirecTV kit has a root hole – and no one wants to patch it

AT&T's DirecTV wireless kit has an embarrassing vulnerability in its firmware that can be trivially exploited by miscreants and malware to install hidden backdoors on the home network equipment, according to a security researcher. Ricky Lawshae – a DEF CON veteran and infosec guru at Trend Micro's Digital Vaccine Labs – was an …
Iain Thomson, 13 Dec 2017
botnet

Flaws found in Linksys routers that could be used to create a botnet

Multiple models of Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers have vulnerabilities that might be exploited to create a botnet, security researchers at IOActive warn. The flaws could be abused to overload a router and force a reboot, deny user access, leak sensitive information about the router and connected devices, or change restricted …
John Leyden, 20 Apr 2017

Linksys routers vulnerable through CGI scripts

Linksys' EA6100-6300 wireless routers need a patch: KoreLogic has published an advisory saying that rubbish CGI scripts in the admin interface open the device up to remote attackers. Since it's a consumer product, it's a fair bet that most of the devices out there won't get patched, but here's the detail. Many of the CGI …
802.11ac routers

Top Ten 802.11ac routers: Time for a Wi-Fi makeover?

Product round-up The once-sage advice that wired networking was the only way to guarantee suitable speeds for streaming HD video, large file transfers, or buffer-free HD video playback no longer holds true – or does it? The latest wireless standard, 802.11ac, delivers significantly improved speeds over 802.11n thanks to greater bandwidth and …
Routers

L33t haxxors compete to p0wn popular home routers

Gird your loins router-makers: a throng of hackers are set to pry apart your woefully insecure hardware in a competition to expose bad firmware and hard-coded credentials. The competition will take place at the DEF CON 22 conference and glories in the name "SOHOpelessly Broken". The event is the brainchild of the Electronic …
Darren Pauli, 18 Jul 2014

Malware-flinging Linksys vulnerability confirmed as a HNAP1 bug

Updated The worm called “The Moon”, which began spreading between Linksys home broadband kit last week, has been confirmed as a problem with the devices' HNAP1 implementation, and an exploit has been made public. The exploit was posted to Exploit-db.com by user Rew, who said this Reddit discussion meant the “cat's out of the bag”. …

Have a Linksys router? Now's a good time to update that firmware

Owners and administrators of Linksys home routers are being advised to update and secure their devices following reports of active attacks on a flaw present in at least two models. Researchers with the SANS Institutes Internet Storm Center have received reports of mass attacks on a remote access vulnerability in the Linksys …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Feb 2014
Linksys WRT1900AC router

Linksys's über-hackable WRT wireless router REBORN with 802.11ac

CES 2014 Networking gear maker Linksys has resurrected one of its most popular, customizable routers – the WRT54G – with a new version that takes advantage of the latest wireless technologies. The Belkin subsidiary revealed the new device, a spruced-up Wi-Fi router based on its venerable WRT54G design, at the Consumer Electronics Show …
bug on keyboard

Hacker backdoors Linksys, Netgear, Cisco and other routers

The new year begins as the old year ended: with yet more vulnerabilities turning up in consumer-grade DSL modems. A broad hint for any broadband user would be, it seems, to never, ever enable any kind of remote access to the device that connects you to the Internet. However, the hack published by Eloi Vanderbeken at github, …

Belkin buys Linksys from Cisco

Cisco has found a buyer for its unwanted and unstrategic Linksys low-end networking brand, in the form of accessories and small networks player Belkin. Both companies have issued gushing notifications of the deal, but haven't let it be known how much cash or other fungible instruments will change hands to make it happen. It's …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jan 2013
The Register breaking news

Linksys vuln: Cisco responds

Cisco has identified the Linksys router affected by the vulnerability published by DefenseCode on January 14. In an e-mail to The Register, the vendor says its review shows the vulnerability only exists in the WRT54GL home router. “Following our assessment of information recently released by DefenseCode, we have confirmed a …
The Register breaking news

DefenseCode turns up Linksys zero-day

With more than 70 million home networking devices in service, a zero-day for Linksys has a very wide reach. According to DefenseCode, an information security consultancy that’s just what turned up in a recent product evaluation for a client. The company has not released full details of the root access vulnerability yet, but …

Report says Cisco offloading Linksys

Cisco's long and inglorious retreat from the consumer business may be about to reach another miserable milestone, after Bloomberg reported Linksys is up for sale. Cisco scooped up Linksys back in 2003 and used the brand to offer consumer and small business products. Cisco has done reasonably well in the latter market, but the …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Dec 2012

Cisco backs down on cloud control of routers

Cisco has completed its climb-down over who gets to control Linksys routers, it or the people who bought them. At the start of this week, Cisco updated the firmware of the Linksys EA4500, EA3500, and EA2700 routers so that they could be fully configured using only its Connect Cloud service rather than via local management …
Iain Thomson, 6 Jul 2012
The Register breaking news

Users enraged by Cisco's cloudy 'upgrade' to Linksys routers

Cisco was forced into reverse ferret mode late last week, after it automatically updated some of its Linksys routers in such a way as to make use of its Cloud-based management console obligatory. But - following howls of protest from its customers - Cisco began offering punters the option of rolling back the firmware update to …
Kelly Fiveash, 2 Jul 2012
cloud

Cisco refuses to deny it will sell off Linksys

Cisco is understood to be planning to sell off its consumer router Linksys business. The company has declined to squash the rumour. According to people familiar with the situation, the network giant is mulling over letting go of its WebEx brand, too. The moves could come as soon as next week. A Cisco spokesman told The …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 May 2011

Cisco CEO: 'We have disappointed our investors'

John Chambers has led Cisco into becoming too broadly spread, undisciplined and caused three quarters of poor results disappointing investors. Now he wants to turn the tide and get Cisco back on track. The company's performance in the past three quarters has gotten Cisco to the point where Chambers has had to do something …
Chris Mellor, 6 Apr 2011

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