Current security notifications

Release date Update and security topic

16.10.2017

Krack breach in WPA2 (updated 10.11.2017)

Update 10.11.2017
In rare cases a router could be configured so it is able to access the internet provided by another router via wireless LAN uplink. This will be addressed with the next FRITZ!OS release.

Update 20.10.2017
AVM released first updates for wireless repeaters and WiFi/powerline products:
> More information

Update 19.10.2017
Multiple WPA2 weaknesses were made public on 16 October 2017. Almost all indicated attacks target wireless LAN clients. All attacks would have to occur within a close range of the targeted wireless LAN.

All AVM products that are solely used as wireless access points are not affected, for example FRITZ!Boxes on broadband connections (DSL, cable, WAN, etc.). AVM products that are used as wireless LAN clients are affected by some of the indicated possibilities.

Overview:
FRITZ!Box on a broadband connection used as a wireless access point (preconfigured and common operating mode): no update necessary
FRITZ!Box with wireless LAN uplink to another router (deviating from the preset, rarely used operating mode): upcoming update recommended

FRITZ!WLAN Repeater used as a wireless bridge (preconfigured and common operating mode): upcoming update recommended
FRITZ!WLAN Repeater used as a LAN bridge (deviating from the preset, rarely used operating mode): no update necessary

FRITZ!Powerline supporting WiFi used as a powerline bridge (powerline uplink) (preconfigured and common operating mode): no update necessary
FRITZ!Powerline supporting WiFi used as a wireless bridge (wireless LAN uplink) (deviating from the preset, rarely used operating mode): upcoming update recommended

The security of the wireless home network depends on the secure connection of each wireless device included. Based on the internationally used CVSS classification, the WPA2 weakness was rated at 5.4 (medium) and is therefore considered a minor problem. AVM strongly recommends to deploy the provided updates from manufacturers for all wireless LAN clients (for example notebook or Android smartphone)

Update 17.10.2017
> WPA2 flaw – FRITZ!Box on broadband connections are secure

Report from 16.10.2017
Several media have reported about a leak in the WPA2 protocol of wireless networks today. WPA is relevant for all wireless LAN products from smartphone to router all the way to IP cameras. So far there have been no attacks reported, which could only occur in a direct wireless environment. More details are needed to fully assess the situation. Besides Krack, internet connections via HTTPS pages (online banking, Google, Facebook, etc.) are secureley encrypted.

If necessary, AVM will provide an update as always. Please find the statement from the Wi-Fi Alliance > here.

05.10.2017

Security leaks in DNS server software Dnsmasq - FRITZ!Box not affected

Media outlets reported about several security leaks in the DNS server software Dnsmasq.

FRITZ!Box is not affected, since AVM does not use the Dnsmasq software in FRITZ!OS.

04.07.2017

Information on home network devices under IPv6

After visiting a malicious website for a longer period it could be possible – under very unlikely circumstances – that information about home network devices (only device name, Mac and IP address) are visible when using devices with an activated IPv6 connection. Access is not possible. The risk is very low (CVSS v3: 3.1, low). This point will be fixed in the upcoming versions.

19.04.2017

FRITZ!OS 6.83 increases robustness

The current version FRITZ!OS 6.83 fixes a weakness of the outdated FRITZ!OS version 6.80/6.81. Under certain circumstances a restart could have occurred. No misuse was reported. The version 6.80/6.81 was already completely replaced by the version 6.83 via auto update.

28.11.2016

Attacks on the Deutsche Telekom network - FRITZ!Box secure

Media outlets have reported about a worldwide hacker attack on Internet routers. In Germany, this lead to disruptions in Speedport routers from the Deutsche Telekom.

FRITZ!Box models are not affected by the attacks.

10.11.2016

Certificate exchange for cable routers

In the course of a certificate exchange, AVM has been using new and improved manufacturer certificates since 2015. Older certificates were exchanged by software updates from cable providers. Users don't have to do anything. Misuse of older certificates was not reported.

27.10.2016

Dirty Cow in Linux - FRITZ!Box not affected

The FRITZ!Box perfectly secure due to regular security updates. Concerning CVE-2016-5195 (Dirty Cow), we currently see no affect on the security level of the FRITZ!Box firmware.

07.06.2016

Telephone fraud with routers

Recently there have been a few cases of fraudulent use of telephone services connecting through routers. Concerning the FRITZ!Box, this can only be done through rarely used configurations and mostly occurs in combination with older FRITZ!OS versions at this point. AVM is continuously increasing the features and security standards of the FRITZ!Box and generally advises the use of the latest version, right now being FRITZ!OS 6.50 or higher. The current version can be checked and updated over the user interface.

The latest update for FRITZ!Box cable models is supplied by the cable providers.

You can find additional security tips in the Guide section.

03.03.2016

DROWN attacks, SSLv2: avm.de and myfritz.net not affected

Neither is the currently implemented SSL/TLS in the FRITZ!Box.

SSLv2 was only used for an externally hosted server that was responsible for a rarely visited subdomain of avm.de until recently. This was fixed the same day the DROWN possibility was released.

17.02.2016

Security breach through glibc in Linux network functions – FRITZ!Box not affected

Media like arstechnica.com and bbc.com have reported about a security leak in Linux networks via the glibc library.

FRITZ!Box is not affected, since AVM does not use glibc in FRITZ!OS.

23.12.2015

Infrastructure leak in cable network and cable modem – FRITZ!Box not affected

Media outlets have reported about a security leak in the infrastructure of cable networks as well as in cable modems. Through the leak it was possible to download profiles and passwords of modems from other customers.

FRITZ!Box is not affected by this security breach.

According to statements from Vodafone/Kabel Deutschland the leak has been closed by protection filters uploaded in mid December.

20.05.2015

Security breach through NetUSB – FRITZ!Box not affected

Media outlets are now reporting about a vulnerable service that is being used to execute arbitrary code on the router. The reports concern the service "USB Over IP", which routers use to access devices like USB printers in the local network. The driver that has been compromised is called NetUSB.

The FRITZ!Box is not affected by the exploited security flaw, as it never uses the NetUSB driver.

FRITZ!Box products, both hard and software, are all developed in house by AVM. Regular, free updates to the FRITZ!OS operating system are integral to the FRITZ!Box concept and keep all devices up to date with the current state of technology.

06.01.2015

Security breach through Rompager – FRITZ! products not affected

At the recent 31. Chaos Communication Congress, it was announced that the HTTP server Rompager showed multiple security leaks. FRITZ! products are not affected by this.

The HTTP server Rompager is a software used on many routers from other manufacturers to provide certain protocols. Among others, the security breach allows strangers to take over administration rights on affected routers. Please find more information on this topic and a list of affected devices under this link.

Reporting security topics

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