[sf-lug] crackers may target routers, here are some defence ideas such as OpenWRT

Alex Kleider akleider at sonic.net
Tue Aug 18 09:55:47 PDT 2015

On 2015-08-18 08:36, jim wrote:
> Here's a link to an article that claims
> that world-wide crackers may be targetting
> our routers because the routers are frail
> from a security standpoint.
> http://www.networkworld.com/article/2971270/security/your-router-gateway-for-hackers.html?phint=newt%3Dnetworkworld_network_optimization_alert&phint=idg_eid%3D9acc943f8448d8c96fc5b38178c536aa#tk.NWWNLE_nlt_network_optimization_2015-08-18
>     Set a long, complex password, turn off
> uPnP and any other unneeded features, and--
> most effective of all--re-fire the firmware
> with OpenWRT.
>     We discussed this last night in the
> SF-LUG meeting, and Bobbie found these
> links to the Buffalo router products,
> which use OpenWRT.

There appears to be some confusion between OpenWRT and dd-wrt.
I'm not up on these matters but I seem to remember being told that
there are some fundamental differences as to 'open'ness.

Can any one add to this (or refute!)?

>     Here is the URL to the Amazon Web page.
> <http://www.amazon.com/BUFFALO-AirStation-Simultaneous-Wireless-WZR-1750DHP/dp/B00D69747O>
>     Here are two pages for the rest of the information about the free
> router firmware and what works with it.
> <https://www.dd-wrt.com/site/support/router-database>
> <http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Supported_Devices>
>     The Buffalo main page.
> <http://www.buffalotech.com/products>
> Thanks, Bobbie!
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