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Millions of routers affected: Security researchers warn of a dangerous security gap

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Millions of routers are currently affected by a security hole. Due to a flaw in the system, attackers can redirect their victims to malicious websites without them noticing. A patch is not yet available.

Millions of routers and IoT devices are currently affected by a serious security gap. As “Bleeping Computer” reports, a DNS error in the popular C standard libraries is responsible for this. There is no patch yet.

Attackers can use this vulnerability to redirect their victims to malicious websites while browsing. This gives criminals the opportunity to use fake websites to steal online banking logins, for example, or to trick people into downloading malware.

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Millions of routers and IoT devices are affected by a serious security vulnerability.
Millions of routers and IoT devices are affected by a serious security vulnerability.

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The problem was discovered by Nozomi Networks Labs. In particular, all versions of uClibc and uClibc-ng are affected. These are commonly used by manufacturers such as Netgear, Axis, and Linksys, as well as some Linux distributions, among others.

As there is so far no solution to the problem, no details have been published on the affected devices. It will probably take some time before the corresponding updates are available.

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