Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Security Check For Your Wireless Router

Do you have a wireless router in your office?  It is a wonderful tool.  However, recent research has uncovered a simple feature in most wireless routers that can allow a security breach of your network.  Andy Greenberg at Forbes.com writes about the problem associated with the UPnP protocal that is built in to most (if not all) wireless routers.

The protocol, abbreviated UPnP, lets computers, printers, and other devices make themselves easily discoverable to a network router. But new research by the security firm Rapid7 shows that it could also let hackers easily discover and exploit those routers, too...

“We never expected this much UPnP to be exposed on the Internet,” says H.D. Moore, Rapid7′s chief security officer. “The scope of the exposure just blew us away."

Moore says that network administrators and home users shouldn’t wait for a fix. His company has released a scanning tool to find vulnerable UPnP devices, and suggests users disable UPnP on both any endpoint devices that use the protocol on their internal network as well as their Internet router. The final pages of Rapid7′s whitepaper includes three spreadsheets of products that are vulnerable to various types of the UPnP attack.

Please click here for the original Forbes.com article.

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