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Urgent broadband alert! Check your Wi-Fi router and update it now

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Anyone with broadband of their home should check their Wi-Fi router today because it could have a serious flaw which needs fixing urgently. Netgear, which makes among the hottest web devices on the planet, has issued an urgent warning after the invention of a serious buffer overflow security vulnerability.

Although Netgear hasn’t revealed specific details about what this flaw means for users, the corporate has said that it strongly recommends owners download the most recent firmware as soon as possible.

Buffer overflow security vulnerabilities could cause a variety of issues including routers always crashing together with allowing hackers to bypass strict security permissions and gain access to non-public data.

It is a major problem which is why Netgear has rushed to release a patch so quickly.

Here is the total list of Netgear routers which might be affected by the bug and the firmware name that fixes the issue.

NETGEAR DEVICES THAT NEED UPDATING

• RAX40 fixed in firmware version 1.0.2.60

• RAX35 fixed in firmware version 1.0.2.60

• R6400v2 fixed in firmware version 1.0.4.122

• R6700v3 fixed in firmware version 1.0.4.122

• R6900P fixed in firmware version 1.3.3.152

• R7000P fixed in firmware version 1.3.3.152

• R7000 fixed in firmware version 1.0.11.136

• R7960P fixed in firmware version 1.4.4.94

• R8000P fixed in firmware version 1.4.4.94

If you’ve any of those devices in your house it’s now vital to make sure that they’re fully updated with the most recent software.

Here’s the way to get any upgrades onto the device.

• Visit NETGEAR Support.

• Start typing your model number within the search box, then select your model from the drop-down menu as soon because it appears.

• When you don’t see a drop-down menu, make sure that that you just entered your model number appropriately, or select a product category to browse to your product model.

• Click Downloads.

• Under Current Versions, select the download whose title begins with Firmware Version.

• Click Download.

• Follow the instructions in your product’s user manual, firmware release notes, or product support page to put in the brand new firmware.

This alert is a very good reminder not to modify off your router when heading to bed for the night.

The early hours of the morning is when many Web Service Providers (ISPs) release vital updates to their devices and if things aren’t on the router won’t get upgraded.

A lot of the UK’s biggest Web Service Providers (ISPs), including BT and Sky, recommend leaving their Wi-Fi equipment on 24 hours a day, three hundred and sixty five days a 12 months.

Explaining more concerning the issues with broadband routers and why it’s a very good idea to maintain them on, Aman Bhatti, Director of Propositions, Sky Broadband told Express.co.uk: “We all know our routers are put through their paces throughout the day – whether on video calls, streaming the most recent show, or online gaming. That’s why our routers run firmware updates throughout the night, to avoid any unnecessary disruption throughout the day.

“Switching off your router overnight can affect automatic software updates and optimisations which in turn can impact the general performance, speed and stability of your broadband.”

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