Never let it be said that the tech giants don't sometimes accidentally do us all a favor. Always eager to fire another round into their colossal feet, Cisco has said it's not planning to fix "medium" and "high"-rated security flaws in some of its older gear and said "lol buy our new stuff instead, serfs!"

The affected models are:

  • RV110W Wireless-N VPN Firewall
  • RV130 VPN Router
  • RV130W Wireless-N Multifunction VPN Router
  • and RV215W Wireless-N VPN Router

These are all models explicitly designed for security applications, one of them EOL'd as recently as 2017, but if you're protecting your networks with these things, you're running on swiss cheese with a door.

Sure, some of these devices were first sold in 2011, but Cisco was selling them (and touting their security features) as late as 2017. Cisco seems to think five years of unscrewing their garbage gear is "good enough," since they expect you'll obediently get back in line for the next iteration of their 5-year-shelf-life hardware.

Screw that noise. Go buy some MikroTik gear. Their oldest hardware from over a decade ago is still receiving software updates and patches today, since they know what they're doing and actually care about repeat business from people who want more of their gear instead of being maneuvered into buying more because they have to if they want to stay secure.