Hundreds of thousands of internet gateway devices around the world, primarily residential cable modems, are vulnerable to hacking because of a serious weakness in their Simple Network Management Protocol implementation.SNMP is used for automated network device identification, monitoring and remote configuration.
It is supported and enabled by default in many devices, including servers, printers, networking hubs, switches and routers.[ 18 surprising tips for security pros. | Discover how to secure your systems with InfoWorld’s Security Report newsletter. ]
Independent researchers Ezequiel Fernandez and Bertin Bervis recently found a way to bypass SNMP authentication on 78 models of cable modems that ISPs from around the world have provided to their customers.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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