Security issues move Linksys routers off the short list

Friday, 9 April 2004, 4:55 AM EST

As I reported in my recent stories regarding a new and looming threat to all Internet users - the mini Distributed Denial of Service attack (mDDoS) - my four-year-old Linksys BEFSR11 cable modem router/firewall was having security issues that couldn't be solved by upgrading its firmware with the most recent download from Linksys' Web site. To address the router's shortcomings, Linksys suggested that I try a newer router. Although the one they sent me -- a four-port BEFSX41 -- had more robust logging capabilities (your ISP may refuse to do anything about a DDoS attack unless you can produce a detailed, e-mailable log), I've had difficulty getting it to work securely and reliably. My troubleshooting attempts reminded me of some problems I had with the older BEFSR11 two years earlier, after I had upgraded its firmware in order to get support for Universal Plug-n-Play (UPnP).

By David Berlind at ZDNet.

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