Sophos Security Chet Chat – Episode 186 – February 18, 2015
News, opinion, advice and research!
Here’s our latest security podcast, featuring Sophos experts and Naked Security writers Chester Wisniewski and Paul Ducklin.
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In this episode of the Chet Chat
- [00’41”] Apple’s Lightning connector hacked
- [03’37”] Malware in device firmware
- [07’21”] Apple’s “2-step” now protects iMessage and FaceTime
- [09’20”] Firefox to get “walled garden” for browser extensions
- [12’39”] Google’s Project Zero backs off a bit
Other podcasts you might like
- Chet Chat 185 – I have a number for you: Eighty million
- Sophos Techknow – Understanding Vulnerabilities
- Sophos Techknow – Two-factor Authentication
2 comments on “SSCC 186 – Just how firm is your firmware? [PODCAST]”
So how old should you be happy for your firmware to be?
My home router’s last available firmware update was 2009 – and no further updates are available. So should I be looking to replace the router in order to get more modern firmware. Will a new router necessarily have more up-to-date firmware?
Assuming your router runs Linux, considering some of the wacky security holes documented over the years in some vendor’s SoHo routers, and considering that your vendor hasn’t updated for 5-6 years…
…maybe it’s time to try something else?
Problem is, I can’t answer your last question – how up-to-date will a “new” router be? (How up-to-date ought it to be?)
Whenever I buy a SoHo routers/modem, I picked one that is on the fully supported list of open firmwares such as OpenWRT and dd-wrt [q.v.], which ironically often means it’s not the latest and greatest model. That way, I know there is life beyond the vendor’s own firmware.