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ASUS releases patches for several router models

Taiwanese manufacturer ASUS has released an update for seven different router models, containing a critical vulnerability that lets attackers bypass authentication.

The exploit is known as CVE-2024-3080, which has a CVSS-scoring of 9.8 on a scale from 1 to 10. ‘CVSS’ is short for Common Vulnerability Scoring System and indicates the severity of an exploit. The higher the score, the more severe the vulnerability.

The vulnerability that ASUS found lets hackers remotely log into routers without authentication. According to the tech company, CVE-2024-3080 affects the following models:

· ZenWiFi XT8 version and earlier;

· ZenWiFi XT8 version V2 and earlier;

· RT-AX88U version and earlier;

· RT-AX58U version and earlier;

· RT-AX57 version and earlier;

· RT-AC86U version and earlier; and

· RT-AC68U version and earlier.

ASUS advises users to immediately download and install the latest firmware that’s available for each model. Instructions on how to update the firmware of your router you'll find on ASUS' FAQ page.

If you’re unable to download the update, make sure you’re using a strong password to secure your account and Wi-Fi connection. Another option is to disable internet access to the router’s admin panel.

Second critical vulnerability found

The Taiwanese Computer Emergency Response Team, also known as TWCERT, found a second vulnerability named CVE-2024-3912. This exploit also has a CVSS-score of 9.8 and allows attackers to execute system commands on a device.

This exploit was discovered on the following router models: DSL-N17U, DSL-N55U_C1, DSL-N55U_D1, DSL-N66U, DSL-N12U_C1, DSL-N12U_D1, DSL-N14U, DSL-N14U_B1, DSL-N16, DSL-AC51, DSL-AC750, DSL-AC52U, DSL-AC55U en DSL-AC56U.

The flaw was also found on DSL-N10_C1, DSL-N10_D1, DSL-N10P_C1, DSL-N12E_C1, DSL-N16P, DSL-N16U, DSL-AC52, DSL-AC55. These devices however are labeled end-of-life, meaning they won’t receive a firmware update. To make sure your device is safe, it’s best to buy a new router with up-to-date security patches, or close all internet access.

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