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Netgear Moves to Plug Vulnerability in Routers After Researchers Find Zero-Day

By CyberScoop

June 29, 2020

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Netgear said it is close to releasing a patch for a software vulnerability that could enable hackers to remotely exploit home Internet routers and potentially access devices running on those networks.

The cybersecurity company GRIMM and Trend Micro's Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) reported the vulnerability.

GRIMM's Adam Nichols said his team detected a vulnerable copy of a Web server on the router in 79 different Netgear devices.

He noted that a hacker does not necessarily need to be on a Wi-Fi network to launch an attack.

Researchers said the vulnerability affects a version of Netgear firmware dating to 2007.

ZDI first reported the bug to Netgear in January, delaying its analysis so Netgear could address the issue. It published its findings on June 15 to raise awareness after Netgear requested multiple extensions for releasing a fix.

Netgear said the patch has been delayed by the pandemic.

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