Most Asus routers affected by hijack bug; exploit posted

An unpatched router can be hijacked, if the attacker is on the same network.

Many models of Asus' router line-up are affected (Image: CNET)

Several models of Asus' routers are vulnerable to an attack that leaves little for non-technical users to protect themselves until a fix is issued.

Security researcher Joshua Drake published an advisory warning that "all known firmware versions for applicable routers (RT-AC66U, RT-N66U, etc.) are assumed vulnerable."

The bug allows an attacker on the same network to take full administrative control of the router without the need for a password. The only known fix is to disable the troublesome infosvr service by killing the process when the affected device boots. That has to be performed each time the device restarts.

A working exploit was also published alongside the advisory.

While it may not be a major issue for those on private networks at home, those in offices or on public Wi-Fi are most at risk.

We've reached out to Asus but did not hear back at the time of writing.


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