OT: Home router (broadband) vulnerability (DLink, Linksys, SpeedTouch)

Subject: OT: Home router (broadband) vulnerability (DLink, Linksys, SpeedTouch)
From: "Edgar D' Souza" <edgar -dot- b -dot- dsouza -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: TECHWR <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, "TWIN Postings" <twin -at- user -dot- itconsult -dot- co -dot- uk>, "Word-Pc List" <WORD-PC -at- liverpool -dot- ac -dot- uk>
Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2008 05:22:25 +0530

Pardon the cross-post and OT thread, and pardon me if you already know
about this, but this concerns a lot of us who are broadband users. If
you wish to discuss on-list, please reply only to one list which you
want to discuss it on. Thanks.


>From http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2008/01/15/home_router_insecurity/
Security mavens have uncovered a design flaw in most home routers that
allows attackers to remotely control the devices by luring an attached
computer to a booby-trapped website.

And it works regardless the operating system or browser the computer
connected to the device is running, as long as it has a recent version
of Adobe Flash installed.

The most serious change that's possible is changing the the server PCs
connected to the router use to access websites. That might cause a
victim trying to access eBay or Bank of America to see spoofed pages
that steal their login credentials.

The hack could also allow attackers to open ports on a victim's
router. That would be useful in turning a router into what would
amount to a zombie machine by forwarding ports to an external server.

Routers made by Linksys, Dlink and SpeedTouch have been confirmed to
be vulnerable, and other manufacturers' products are also likely
susceptible to attack, the researchers said.

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