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by John W. Simek, Vice President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc.

Update Your Netgear Orbi Router Now

March 23, 2023

Vendors are constantly releasing updates for our devices. We are used to applying updates for our phones and computers. However, we are less likely to update other devices such as network hardware and routers. The Register posted Cisco’s revelation of proof-of-concept exploits for Netgear Orbi routers. The good news is that Netgear has already released patches to address three of the four flaws. That means you should check and apply the latest firmware update if you use Netgear Orbi routers. Netgear is currently working to fix the fourth vulnerability.

You can take some steps to reduce your exposure to the remaining flaw. As the post states, “An attacker in possession of a username, password and media access control address of the device’s br-lan interface can send a specially crafted network request to exploit this bug, which leads to arbitrary command execution.” In other words, make sure you have changed the default access credentials for your device. While you are at it, disable any ability to remotely administer your router. You should change the defaults and disable remote administration even if you aren’t using a Netgear product.

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