Insecurity by obscurity continues: are ADSL router manuals putting end-users at risk
secau Security Research Centre
Dr Trish Williams and Professor Craig Valli
Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
School of Computer and Security Science / Security Research Centre (secAU)
The quantity and sophistication of threats targeting ADSL routers is on a steady increase. There is a reliance on end-users to ensure that their ADSL router is secure by continually updating the firmware, using strong authentication credentials, and enabling the in-built firewall. However, to do this, the end-user must be presented with well written procedural instructions, and an explanation of why this is important. This paper examines the design quality and security content provided by vendors in ADSL router manuals. This paper reveals that the lack of security related content and poor overall design could impact on end-users’ interpretation and willingness to implement security controls on their ADSL router.