These Wi-Fi extenders had vulnerabilities that gave hackers complete control

CNET | 6/18/2019 | Alfred Ng
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TP-Link's RE650 Wi-Fi range extender (right) is one of the four devices affected by this security vulnerability, researchers said.

With these security flaws, extending your Wi-Fi range could also mean extending your chances of getting hacked. Security researchers from IBM found a critical vulnerability with Wi-Fi extenders from TP-Link, a popular router company.

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The vulnerability allowed a potential attacker to get control of the extender, which could be used to redirect the victim's traffic and lead people to malware, IBM said in a blog post Tuesday.

Wi-Fi extenders are commonly used in homes where the router's range can't cover the entire house. They boost signals so that people can use their devices or connect internet-of-things gadgets like security cameras and doorbells from far away. But like routers, they're open to vulnerabilities and require maintenance and patching if you want to keep your network secure.

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The extenders affected by the vulnerability included the RE365, the RE650, the RE350 and RE500, IBM said. The flaw was discovered by Grzegorz Wypych, an IBM X-Force researcher. IBM said TP-Link released updates for affected users.

TP-Link didn't respond to a request for comment.


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