January 15, 2013, 3:59 PM — Linksys routers are some of the most popular routers in the world, with over 70 million routers sold. Unfortunately, a new vulnerability has been discovered that could let hackers remotely gain root access to a Linksys router.
Information security firm DefenseCode discovered this vulnerability (known as a zero-day exploit because it was previously unknown) and successfully tested it with a Linksys WRT54GL router. The researchers say other models/versions are probably also affected.
The good news is that DefenseCode has alerted Cisco to the serious issue and Cisco is working on a fix that should be available in the next nine or ten days. DefenseCode will be releasing the details of the exploit after the fix is available, but you can see it in action in this YouTube video.
Long story short: If you own a Linksys router, be sure to download the latest firmware when it's available shortly. [via Web Pro News]