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Adobe popups and certain Linksys routers


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#1 Nemesis3

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Posted 29 March 2014 - 12:46 PM

I helped a friend track down and eliminate adobe popups and it turned out it was her linksys e2500 that was the issue as it had been infected by a worm called themoon. I had searched the forums here as sweeps using the usual tools was not getting rid of the problem obviously. Hopefully this post can save someone else a lot of time and wanted to register to post it. Linksys posted solutions include turning off remote administration, or changing remote admin ports from 80 and 8080, and that filter anonymous Internet requests is checked. After this power cycling. Linksys said a firmware update was in the works last month.

I also reflashed the firmware from the website and set to https only but those are my actions not recommended by linksys. If remote administration is needed restricting ips is also a good idea imho if possible. Anyway I hope it saves someone else time.

Edited by Nemesis3, 29 March 2014 - 12:49 PM.


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Posted 29 March 2014 - 04:54 PM

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Thanks for taking the time to register and post about your experience.

Yes...some routers have known vulnerabilities which can be exploited to open them up to attacks without needing to know the proper password. There have been various reports of vulnerabilities and attacks against hardware devices such as routers and data storage. For example, Ars Technica reported that ASUS routers and any storage devices attached to them may be exposed to anyone online without the need of login credentials if users have taken advantage of remote access features built into the routers. Linksys routers have been reported to be vulnerable to a simple exploit that could give an attacker remote access to the router.
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