Cisco Update

Keith Medcalf kmedcalf at
Thu Jul 5 20:43:53 CDT 2012

I see.  

Replace "local access" control with "let anyone on the internet reconfigure the thing".  Whoever's idea it was should be p*ssed on, keelhauled, drawn and quartered, then burned at the stake.

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Sean Harlow [mailto:sean at]
> Sent: Thursday, 05 July, 2012 10:26
> To: Hank Nussbacher
> Cc: nanog at
> Subject: Re: Cisco Update
> On Jul 5, 2012, at 12:08, Hank Nussbacher wrote:
> > For those of us who have not kept up with every latest feature that Cisco
> rolls out across all its platforms, can someone explain this new service?  Is
> it like Windows update, where Cisco will auto-update your router s/w and
> thereby brick it?  If I don't register my router with Cisco, what do I lose?
> I can't update it manually?
> Long story short, the affected routers (newer "Cisco" [former Linksys]
> consumer products) received an automatic firmware update which basically
> disables the device's onboard web UI and forces you to use Cisco's "cloud"
> management system.  The biggest issue with this is that apparently it has
> some function, possibly for web filtering, which sends network traffic
> information of some sort to Cisco's service.  They also state that regardless
> of the auto-update setting a device may be updated anyways if Cisco says so.
> One article I found says it affects the E2700, E3500, and E4500 models.

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