QNAP Extends Security Updates for Some EOL Devices


Taiwan-based NAS and NVR solutions manufacturer QNAP Systems on Monday announced that it is extending the security update window for some devices that have reached end-of-life (EOL) status.

QNAP typically provides security updates for four years after a product has reached EOL status.

The reason for that, the company says, is that some models may be technologically deprecated and may lack performance capabilities and operational memory, meaning that they may not receive updated drivers.

However, due to evolving security threats targeting QNAP models, the NAS manufacturer has decided to extend until October 2022 the security updates for some models that have reached EOL, so that users have more time to upgrade devices.

[READ: QNAP Urges Users to Secure NAS Devices as Attacks Surge]

The extended end date of security updates applies to 64-bit models and ARM models that support NAS OS versions QTS 4.2.6, 4.3.3, 4.3.6, and 4.4.1.

“The support for EOL models will be limited to high or critical security updates until the end of Technical Support and Security Updates date,” QNAP says.

The company also recommends that users do not connect EOL devices to the Internet, as this should help protect their data from security threats.

Many malicious attacks have targeted NAS devices in the past years, and QNAP too has issued numerous warnings, telling users to secure their devices against growing attacks. The most recent alert was issued at the end of January, to warn of DeadBolt ransomware attacks.

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Ionut Arghire is an international correspondent for SecurityWeek.

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