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New vulnerabilities in routers expose millions of consumers

THE ASIAN AGE
Published : Apr 10, 2019, 4:01 pm IST
Updated : Apr 10, 2019, 4:01 pm IST

Threat actors could gain complete control of home routers and access to network traffic without needing physical access to the device.

An attacker could tamper with the security settings of the device, change firewall rules or remove parental controls. (Photo: Pixabay)
 An attacker could tamper with the security settings of the device, change firewall rules or remove parental controls. (Photo: Pixabay)

Tenable announced that its research team has discovered multiple vulnerabilities in Verizon Fios Quantum Gateway routers. If exploited, the vulnerabilities would give an attacker complete control over the router and visibility into everything connected to it. Millions of these devices are currently in use in US homes.

The rise of the smart home has turned the humble router into a top target for cybercriminals. These latest vulnerabilities discovered by Tenable Research (CVE-2019-3914, CVE-2019-3915 and CVE-2019-3916) enable a number of attack scenarios that extend to smart devices, such as home security systems, that are connected to the router and can be compromised remotely. An attacker could tamper with the security settings of the device, change firewall rules or remove parental controls. They could sniff network traffic to further compromise a victim's online accounts, steal bank details and swipe passwords.

Verizon has advised that firmware version 02.02.00.13 will address these vulnerabilities and that affected devices will be updated remotely. Users are urged to confirm their device is updated to this version and to contact Verizon with any questions.

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