April 30th, 2013, 12:51 PM
Wireless router security question
OK folks, I have a question for you, as I do not claim to be an expert on wireless stuff.
Say that I have a setup something like this:
Several PCs.....>hub/router.....>gateway......>phone line.......>ISP........>internet
Say that the hub/router has ports 161 and 4567 permanently open, what security issues (if any) does this present?
As far as I am aware these ports are not required for anything that I do, and if they were, they would only be open whilst I was doing it, rather than permanently?
In case you are wondering, NO! I cannot close those two ports, the hub management software won't let me.
I can think of a workaround, but it would be a gross hack
I await your replies with interest
April 30th, 2013, 06:22 PM
Per chance you have read this article?
Looks like you simply loop those ports for a fix.
May 1st, 2013, 09:00 AM
Hi Shay, thanks for the link, which I hadn't read, but is the workaround that I mentioned I knew of
Yes, I have the BT "Home Hub v3.0" and I wondered about those open ports........................
I remember that BT were castigated for testing the "phorm" spyware a while back, and I do not trust them one iota.
I am still awaiting an answer as to what the real security implications are of having these two ports permanently open, but am looking for a proper router in the meantime.
May 1st, 2013, 06:21 PM
nihil glad to help out.
Unless you can get a Linksys EA4500, which I am using, that is a brand to dodge for a while since it was sold to Belkin which is another brand I dodge.
Netgear, seems to be the top followed by D-Link and ASUS.
Don't know what BT is upto, but after reading various posts, I would go with a different brand of router too. @HOME did something like that , but they are gone now.
Last edited by Shay; May 1st, 2013 at 06:26 PM.
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