Netgear has released firmware updates for several of its routers to address a critical command injection vulnerability that can be exploited to remotely hijack affected devices.
This after several Netgear routers were exposed to a critical security vulnerability, potentially allowing hackers to take control of those devices. The flaw enables code injection tactics by hackers with which they can gain root privileges into Netgear routers.
Initially, only Netgear R7000, R6400 and R8000 routers were believed to be affected, but the vendor’s analysis revealed that other models are impacted as well, including R6250, R6700, R7100LG, R7300DST and R7900.
Considering this, Netgear has released beta firmware for each of the affected devices mitigating the immediate security issue while it works on finalizing the production firmware. However, the company has notified that the beta firmware is offered as a temporary solution and it may not work for all devices as it has not been fully tested.
In a statement, Netgear said that, “We appreciate and value having security concerns brought to our attention. Netgear constantly monitors for both known and unknown threats. Being pro-active rather than re-active to emerging security issues is fundamental for product support at Netgear.”