NETGEAR R7000: Updated Firmware? Security Concerns?

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OneThree
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:42    Post subject: NETGEAR R7000: Updated Firmware? Security Concerns? Reply with quote
Apologies if this has been asked before, but I have had trouble tracking down the answer among a few conflicting posts. I'm also new to flashing to DD-WRT firmware.

Anyway, I successfully flashed my Netgear R7000 to DD-WRT, but it's showing as version DD-WRT v24-sp2 (04/16/14). The latest factory firmware from Netgear is pretty recent, with a version number of 1.0.7-something. When I flashed, I got a warning that the DD-WRT firmware was based on 1.0.4-something.

Is that a problem? I'm specifically concerned about security; presumably, the years of updates since 1.0.4 included some security fixes. Should I be updating my R7000 to something more recent?

I saw a post in one of the R7000 threads saying that you just need to flash to dd-wrt.K3_R7000.chk and don't need to update further, but I saw another post saying that there were updates (though it didn't have a link).

Anyway, thanks for any replies. I flashed to DD-WRT primarily so I can run router-level VPN, but I want to make sure that by flashing to a 3-year-old version I'm not opening up old, since-fixed security vulnerabilities.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 7:09    Post subject: Reply with quote
http://www.desipro.de/ddwrt/K3-AC-Arm/TEST/
http://ddwrt-kong.clonevince.fr/

here are few links with the last builds for you

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TP-Link WR740Nv4 .......DD-WRT - 31791 (AP,NAT,AD Blocking,Firewall)
TP-Link WR1043NDv2 ------DD-WRT 31899 (AP,PPPoE,NAT,AD Blocking,Firewall)
TP-Link WR1043NDv2 ------DD-WRT 31825 (AP,NAT,AD Blocking,Firewall,No Wi-Fi)
Qualcomm/IPQ8065
Netgear R7800 ------------DD-WRT 31815M Kong (AP,NAT,AD Blocking,Firewall,DNSCrypt)
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Netgear R7000 ---------DD-WRT 31800M Kong (AP,NAT,AD Blocking,Firewall,DNSCrypt)
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TP-Link WR740Nv4.......... Gargoyle OS 1.9.2(QoS,Quotas)
Netgear ProSAFE-GS105Ev2 ....(LAN Switch)
Malachi
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 9:43    Post subject: Reply with quote
Or ftp://ftp.dd-wrt.com/betas/2017/04-06-2017-r31825/netgear-r7000/
http://www.desipro.de/ddwrt/K3-AC-Arm/
Don't use the router database.

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iamgenius
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:55    Post subject: Reply with quote
Malachi wrote:
Or ftp://ftp.dd-wrt.com/betas/2017/04-06-2017-r31825/netgear-r7000/
http://www.desipro.de/ddwrt/K3-AC-Arm/
Don't use the router database.


I will also be getting the r7000 soon. It will probably arrive tomorrow. I'm glad someone asked. While at it I thought I will ask few questions. Can I flash directly to the bin file or I have to go through the chk file first?

And regarding the database, is that a general rule? Aka there will always be firmwares more recent than the ones in the database?

Also a general question related to the OP, is the dd wrt firmware the same across different routers? I'm talking about the extra functions and cababapilities the awesome dd wrt firmware provides.

Let's do it differently: the extra power I will unleash from my router will depend on the router type in the first place. True or incorrect statement?

Many thanks.‏
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:56    Post subject: Reply with quote
Sorry double post
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:06    Post subject: Reply with quote
There will always be newer firmware listed at the link I provided than the database.
Chk file for first flash. Bin files afterwards.
Also a good read. http://www.desipro.de/ddwrt/Readme.txt

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OneThree
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 14:46    Post subject: Reply with quote
Thanks for the quick reply! Just updated to the latest build w/o a hitch. Much appreciated.
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