Bugs and Fixes: Halt Worms and Viruses in Their Tracks
By Stuart J. Johnston
NetGear Routers Wage War on University
Who knew that the University of Wisconsin was on Netgear’s blacklist? Just kidding. Netgear released fixes for several of its routers after the University of Wisconsin at Madison discovered that thousands of the company’s units were flooding the university with time server requests (see “Flawed Routers Flood University of Wisconsin Internet Time Server“). Such attacks are usually deliberately created by crackers. In this case though, the blizzard of requests was created by Netgear routers all over the world asking “What time is it?” thanks to a bug in the firmware for models RP614, RP614v2, DG814, MR814, and HR314. If you own one of those units, you can download an updated version of the firmware at Netgear’s site.
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