RE: FYI: FW: [fw-wiz] Re: Home/SOHO "Firewall" Routers

Hi Greg,

Ha! You and me both. I wonder if the "hardware" firewall club members
are members of the flat earth society too? :-)

Tom 

-----Original Message-----
From: Greg Mulholland [mailto:gregstelatel@xxxxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: Tuesday, June 15, 2004 8:14 PM
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Subject: [isalist] RE: FYI: FW: [fw-wiz] Re: Home/SOHO "Firewall"
Routers

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Tom, I can say my hardware routers/firewall boxes have given me more
trouble than I care to mention. Someone once told me they weren't
susceptible to exploits like a software firewall was, hmmmmmmmmm


Greg Mulholland
"Firmware Upgrader"


 
-----Original Message-----
From: Thomas W Shinder [mailto:tshinder@xxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Wednesday, 16 June 2004 11:08 AM
To: [ISAserver.org Discussion List]
Subject: [isalist] FYI: FW: [fw-wiz] Re: Home/SOHO "Firewall" Routers

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Repeat after me: "hardware" firewalls are more security than software
firewalls, hardware firewalls are more secure than software
firewalls....

(you get what you pay for too):

1. Linksys WiFi Gateway Remote Attack Risk Slashdot URL:
<http://tinyurl.com/yuh8j>

"According to InternetNews.com, a tech consultant discovered that even
if you turn the remote administration feature off on a Linksys WRT54G --
the single bestselling Wi-Fi device in the world -- you can still
remotely access it through ports 80 and 443. Linksys sets the HTTP
username to nothing and password to 'admin' on all of its devices by
default. Web site scanning from anywhere in the world to devices that
have routable Internet-facing addresses would allow script kiddie remote
access, at which point you could flash the unit with new firmware,
extract the WEP or WPA key, or just mess up someone's configuration and
change the password."

2.  Netgear's silly fix for Netgear Router backdoor Slashdot URL:
<http://tinyurl.com/2ffcf>

An anonymous reader writes "Recently Slashdot reported that the Netgear
router has as WLAN backdoor. According to this report by the news
service of the German publisher Heise Netgear "fixed" the problem with a
firmware update. And what is the fix? According to Heise, they didn't
remove the backdoor at all. Instead they just changed the login
information! They replaced the old user name 'super' with 'superman',
and changed the old password to '21241036'. "

3. Benkin Routers route user to Censorware Ad Slashdot URL:
<http://tinyurl.com/ysdd4>

The Register has a story today about Belkin routers redirecting their
users'
network traffic. To me, this seems like the logical next step after
top-level domain name servers piping ads to your browser. Now the
routers themselves hijack the traffic they are supposed to, uh, route --
and you'll love where they send you instead. But it's OK because you can
opt out. 
Incidentally, the Crystal Ball Award goes to Seth Finkelstein, who in
2001 quoted John Gilmore's famous aphorism about the internet, and asked
"What if censorship is in the router?"

_Vin 


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