The security of home routers has made little progress in recent years. Remove up-to-earth safety updates for their equipment, which leads to the fact that many routers have weaknesses that have been known for a long time. Also suffering problems with preset manufacturer’s passwords, which are uncertain and often do not otherwise, relate to many devices. In an automated test of 127 firmware images of various routers from seven manufacturers, security researchers of the fraunhofer institute for communication, information processing and ergonomics (fkie) found one or other problem in each of the images tested.
127 routers of seven manufacturers, huawei dear
Rates of the manufacturer asus, avm, d-link, linksys, netgear, tp-link and zyxel were tested. All tested devices were actively advertised by the manufacturers at the time of the tests, so can be considered as new enough to actively support updates. The avm routers cut at the text with a distance, asus and netgear also have a few praising words of the tester. The most critical views see the fraunhofer researchers of d-link, linksys, tp-link and zyxel. Geratas of huawei were not tested because the manufacturer does not provide his firmware – whether one would have a device with such intransparent update policies with themselves at home, let go.
Not all the results of the researchers can be transferred directly to the devices really in use in the market. That’s because many gates standing at home customers of internet providers are provided by the provider with their own branding, and some of them have their own firmware versions in use. These are usually not exactly with the firmware that provides the relevant manufacturer for the basic apparatus on his website.