Maybe we're getting to the point where consumer level (oh hell and why not enterprise level) firewalls/routers need to have advertised expiry dates. Not only on the boxes but on the devices as well. Like a date up to which the manufacturer promises to keep releasing security updates.

My children's car seats have these for their protection. Why shouldn't our home networks also have this sort of protection?

And then at the same time there might be more realization from consumers that they need to remember to upgrade these on a regular basis.

@devrandom There's a really good talk on ameliorating infosec armageddon by passing laws requiring one of two options of all such devices: either they self-destruct on their expiration date, or their code must go 100% open source so people can fix & update the devices themselves.

Sadly I can't remember the URL or anything else that might help me to find it.


@deutrino @devrandom I've resolved to never buy proprietary routers again. All devices I now consider are relatively standard computers that can run non proprietary OSes like a Linux distro or OPNSense. Something like this

I'm finished with mystery meat firmware and trusting reverse engineered OpenWRT ports not supported by the vendors are reliable and secure.

@msh @deutrino This works well for more technical people, yes. And I'm the same way. But my retired parents who are not tech savvy aren't going to build their own firewall/wireless AP. And I'm not going to build it for them because I just don't have the time nor desire to give them support for it.

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