NetGear WAB102

Type securityvulns
Reporter Securityvulns
Modified 2003-12-11T00:00:00


The NetGear WAB102 (running firmware v1.2.3) is a dual band wireless access point. After a recent power outage I noticed that the unit reset its password to the default of '1234'. Obviously this makes it possible for someone to reconfigured it meet their needs... a significant security risk. After further testing I discovered that any password with a space in it will be accepted and will work as long as the unit is not powered off or reset. Once reset it reverts to the default password. All other settings remain intact, WEP keys, IP addresses, etc. I found it particularly interesting that you don't even have to login to the unit to get a list of wireless stations accessing the unit ... makes it real easy to gather MAC addresses to spoof.

NetGear notified a few days ago, they suggested I update the firmware to the latest... it was already running it but I did it again for good measure... no change. Other units may be affected.

Jon Kamm NetKamm LLC