Cruel Reg, very cruel.
D-Link has plugged a security vulnerability involving protocol handling by some of its wireless routers that creates a potential means for normal users to grab super-user privileges. The network manufacturer issued a firmware update that addresses a recently discovered bug in how its networking devices handle the Home Network …
the newest firmware I could find for the DI-655 is dated 2008 (v1.21) so I'm guessing that doesn't solve the problem :)
The admin console on Dlink routers - on the whole - sucks... I guess adding a CAPTCHA was just a way to make sure you didn't log in by accident :)
check out www.asirra.com for a much cuter solution to the problem
Seconded. It makes things completely hellish for those of us with impaired vision, and don't even claim those audio captias are anything other than the biggest pile of bollocks ever to be invented. If you had to use the audio captias you'd despise them even more than the visual ones, lots of echoing and ghosted voices confusing things with an already unclear synthetic voice. This is from someone who uses synthetic voices every time I turn a computer on, those voices are truly awful. I'll never buy any D-Link kit now after hearing this because I know it will be a pain in the arse to use, if I even can use it at all. Luckily Netgear stuff is quite easy to use for me, no unlabelled graphics either.
"What the hell was so wrong with just a simple Log-in / Password?"
Because a login and password is far too easy to automate. Heck, even some attempts at CAPTCHAs are far too easy to automate... I have written one that is about 98% effective. Granted that is just against a noisey number string....
So who exactly benefits form this?
If it's for Enterprise I'd have thought this a bad joke but, then I can't really attest to hacking into any external Networks, for fun nor profit either.
So it maybe that it has a value there.
Is this for the "Home" Luser (i.e. me?), Then;
1) Create a strong Password with lots of values form the a-z A-Z 0-9, like you read so much about on the Net these days.
2) Who the hell would want to hack into my Wi-Fi? and even if they were to have gotten my Logon creds, they'd still need to also have a pre-registered MAC ADDRESS + the 63-bit WPA-AES Key as well
I flippen hate Captcha's and in any case I've been most happy with my Fritz box 7170!!
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