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Tens of thousands of home routers at risk with duplicate SSH keys

Jeremy Kirk | Feb. 23, 2015
A setup mistake could put the routers at risk of being compromised, and there's no easy way for consumers to identify or fix the problem.

It would be near impossible for consumers to figure out how to generate new SSH keys or turn SSH off in the routers, Matherly said.

The problem is not unique to home routers. Cloud computing providers have occasionally made mistakes by not generating fresh SSH keys with new instances of virtual machines, Matherly said.

"This kind of issue actually happens all over the cloud," he said.

 

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