D-Link 850L Routers Filled With Flaws Which Could Lead To Epic Pwnage

A security researcher has named and shamed D-Link via Twitter:

In short, this researcher has discovered 10 flaws that could allow a hacker to pwn everything “from the Lan to the Wan” to quote his writeup.

Here’s where I have a bit of a problem with this. Apparently he went public without disclosing the issue to D‑Link beforehand. That’s a bit of a #fail in my mind because you should give the company a chance to fix the issue and only go public if they haven’t done so in 90 days. Apparently he went this route because of a previous negative experience with the firm. Also of note, he disclosed nine other vulnerabilities to D‑Link related to the DWR-932B back in February, but only one of them resulted in a patch from D-Link.

Having said that, it doesn’t change the fact that from my reading of his research that this router is extremely pwnable. His advice is to disconnect the router from the Internet and I can’t disagree with him. Hopefully being named and shamed will encourage D-Link to remedy this and quickly.


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