NetGear: Security Through Stupidity

This Slashdot thread about security problems with a NetGear router is hilarious (well, it’s probably not hilarious if you own one of these products).

A couple days ago it was revealed that the NetGear WG602 has a backdoor account that cannot be deactivated. And, of course, it didn’t take much effort for people to publish the account and its password on the Internet.

NetGear responded by releasing a patch. But the patch doesn’t remove the security problem — it simply renames the account and password. And, of course, it took no time at all for the new account name and password to appear on the Internet.

Maybe NetGear will step up like Bill Gates and announce that the more their boxes get hacked, the more secure they become.

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