Because the October Belkin router outage problem wasn't enough...
I am surprised this story didn't link to the Register's story on last month's Belkin outage problem.
Belkin has patched a vulnerability in a dual band router that allowed attackers on guest networks to gain root access using an automated tool. The flaw reported overnight targeted the Belkin N750 dual-band router – which was launched in 2011 and is still sold by the company and other commerce sites. IntegrityPT consultant …
Manufacturer firmware is always always steaming hot garbage on consumer grader routers so:
#1 - always before buying a router check to see if open source firmware exists for it. In general if OpenWRT (most others are derivatives) doesn't support it don't buy it.,
#2 - a short google search tells me this model doesn't seem well supported but there is at least one open source solution out there. If you were dumb enough to buy this router I wouldn't trust Belkin software any longer and would look at the solution found on dd-wrt forums below.
"Only Padavan firmware is available..."
Also to nip it in the bud now I can't edit, yes I am obviously aware of Tomato and dd-wrt not being based on OpenWRT and while I have have ran all three on various routers (and many others, really like pfSense and M0n0wall as well on a gateway) for most non tech geeks I tend to recommend Gargoyle as its very user friendly. Anything I named is 100x better than almost all consumer grade factory firmware security and often stability wise as well.
+1 for pfSense, although I prefer the up-to-date 'native' pf that started in and still comes as standard in OpenBSD. Now that's a cracking OS and packet filter to be protecting yours from them.
From what I can gather, the pf that gets packaged up for FreeBSD, as in pfSense, is always a version or two, maybe three, behind OpenBSD's current.
Get on OpenBSD. The simplicity it offers makes FreeBSD look like a big complicated beast, at least to me anyway.
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