It’s another Patch Tuesday week with Apple joining Microsoft and Adobe in issuing security updates.
Pain Reduction Tip: Keep a current image handy as it’s much easier and more certain to restore your system if you encounter a bad patch than attempting to back it out/uninstall it. And be especially mindful with Windows 10 and Office 365 automatic updates.
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is warning that a new malware threat has rapidly infected more than a half-million consumer devices. To help arrest the spread of the malware, the FBI and security firms are urging home Internet users to reboot routers and network-attached storage devices made by a range of technology manufacturers.
The data is/are sketchy, but most reports recommend, at the very least, rebooting your router.
Firmware updates may be in order for the following presumably targeted devices:
Mikrotik RouterOS for Cloud Core Routers: Versions 1016, 1036, and 1072
QNAP TS439 Pro
Other QNAP NAS devices running QTS software
There’s no easy way to know if a router has been infected by VPNFilter. For more advanced users, Cisco provided detailed indicators of compromise in Wednesday’s report, along with firewall rules that can be used to protect devices. Ars has much more about VPNFilter here.
The advice to reboot, update, change default passwords, and disable remote administration is sound and in most cases requires no more than 15 minutes. Of course, a more effective measure is to follow the advice Cisco gave Wednesday to users of affected devices and perform a factory reset, which will permanently remove all of the malware, including stage 1. This generally involves using a paper clip or thumb tack to hold down a button on the back of the device for 5 seconds. The reset will remove any configuration settings stored on the device, so users will have to restore those settings once the device initially reboots. (It’s never a bad idea to disable UPnP when practical, but that protection appears to have no effect on VPNFilter.)