HardCoded Backdoor Found in China-made Netis, Netcore Routers
Aug 27, 2014
Routers manufactured and sold by Chinese security vendor have a hard-coded password that leaves users with a wide-open backdoor that could easily be exploited by attackers to monitor the Internet traffic. The routers are sold under the brand name Netcore in China, and Netis in other parts of the world , including South Korea, Taiwan, Israel and United States. According to Trend Micro , the backdoor — a semi-secret way to access the device — allows cybercriminals the possibility to bypass device security and to easily run malicious code on routers and change settings. Netis routers are known for providing the best wireless transfer speed up to 300Mbps, offering a better performance on online gaming, video streaming, and VoIP phone calling. The Netcore and Netis routers have an open UDP port listening at port 53413 , which can be accessed from the Internet side of the router . The password needed to open up this backdoor is hardcoded into the router's firmware.