By Kim Zetter
October 20, 2009
A vulnerability in a Time Warner cable modem and Wi-Fi router deployed
to 65,000 customers would allow a hacker to remotely access the device's
administrative menu over the internet, and potentially change the
settings to intercept traffic, according to a blogger who discovered the
Time Warner acknowledged the problem to Threat Level on Tuesday, and
says it's in the process of testing replacement firmware code from the
router manufacturer, which it plans to push out to customers soon.
"We were aware of the problem last week and have been working on it
since," said Time Warner spokesman Alex Dudley.
The vulnerability lies with Time Warner.s SMC8014 series cable
modem/Wi-Fi router combo, made by SMC. The device is one of several
options Time Warner offers to customers who don't want to install their
own modem and router to use with the company's broadband service. The
device is installed with default configurations, which customers can
alter only slightly through its built-in web server. The most customers
can do through this page is add a list of URLs they want their router to
But blogger David Chen, writing at chenosaurus.com, recently discovered
he could easily gain remote access to an administrative page served by
the router that would allow him greater control of the device.
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