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network router is accessible from the internet

Discussion in 'General Security' started by creakyoldfart, May 17, 2015.

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  1. creakyoldfart

    creakyoldfart Thread Starter

    Jul 7, 2013
    This probably sounds strange, but I don't know if this is a "problem" or not. Based on Avast highlighting it as an issue, I assume it must be. Computers aren't totally Greek to me, but they're certainly not my native language.

    I'm running windows 7 home premium on 1 laptop connected via wifi, and windows 7 pro on a desktop connected via cat5, both with the windows firewall enabled. I use Avast Internet Security 2015, a Dlink DIR 655 router hardware version B1 with firmware 2.00NA, and a motorola surfboard cable modem.

    I run a computer and network scan every week with Avast. Never finds anything. Tonight the network scan came up with "network router is accessible from the internet. Hackers can try to access the router and then modify your network settings, even disabling your internet conection and steal your personal data" message. To my knowledge I've made no changes in my setup that should have triggered a change in the scan results.

    I disconnected the router from the modem until I know a little more. Any ideas?


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  2. etaf

    etaf Moderator

    Oct 2, 2003
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    have a read here
    it appears to be reporting that the admin username and password is the issue on the router

    heres some more info about avast

    I just tried out my PC with avast on a couple of routers - both connected to the internet and both using a default username and password
    i just got a green tick and no warning
    so its not just the username and password for the admin of the router - as implied in the articles I posted
    OR it does not recognise the routers if theres some form of database its using
    I'm not sure what its checking now
    Last edited: May 18, 2015
  3. creakyoldfart

    creakyoldfart Thread Starter

    Jul 7, 2013
    Thanks for the response. I'm still digging around in avast's blog trying to find more info. So far everything I'm finding talks about wifi security as opposed to security from outside access. still digging.
  4. Triple6

    Triple6 Moderator

    Dec 26, 2002
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    A couple of things you can do.

    First update the firmware to the latest version which is 2.11: http://support.dlink.com/ProductInfo.aspx?m=DIR-655

    Next log into the router and make sure Remote Administration is disabled. Page 76 of the manual shows where the option is:ftp://ftp2.dlink.com/PRODUCTS/DIR-655/REVB/DIR-655_REVB_MANUAL_2.30_EN.PDF

    Third is disable uPnP in the router. Page 72 of the manual.
    More info: http://support.dlink.ca/FAQView.aspx?f=sY5vcvfAuAV6bXgi/8WoVw==

    Fourth is change the default admin password to something else.
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