Microsoft says Netgear Devices have Security Flaws that impact those devices if they run a firmware version older than V184.108.40.206.
Those security flaws give attackers access to an unpatched router’s management page, which can bypass whatever network security you may have in place and allow the attackers to derive saved router credentials via an accompanying side-channel attack.
In all, Microsoft unearthed three different Netgear Devices security flaws; all rated serious to critical. However, suppose there’s a silver lining in the discovery. In that case, it lies in the fact that Netgear has a fantastic track record when responding to the discovery of security flaws like these. Netgear has already issued a patch for the firmware, which addresses all three.
If you’re running a vulnerable version of Netgear Devices with security flaws, head to Netgear’s support page to get the patch. Once you’re there, start typing in the model number of your router in the search box on that page, and a drop-down list will appear with the company’s routers most likely to match what you’re typing.
When you see your Netgear Devices model number with security flaws, click it, and it will direct you to the page for that model. If you happen not to see a drop-down box, you may not have entered your model number correctly or selected a product category.
In any case, once you’ve located your model and made your way to that page, you’ll see a “Downloads” link.
Click that and look for “Current Versions.” Beneath that, you’ll find a listing of firmware versions. Select the latest one available, download, and install.
Kudos to Microsoft for their sharp eyes in spotting Netgear Devices security flaws and to Netflix for responding so quickly. Be safe out there.