A couple of projects exist for alternative router firmwares. I used to work with Buffalo Routers combined with DD-WRT.
Now DD-WRT became quite unusable for two reasons. First there was a Cross Site Request Forgery reported on bugtraq a while back, where one of the DD-WRT developers answered in a way that clearly showed he doesn't really understand what CSRF is - so already from a security point of view, DD-WRT seems to be a no-go.
Beside, DD-WRT development more or less is stale at the moment - there are commercial spin-offs and there's been some controversy if everything they did was compliant to the GPL. Fact is there were no new releases since several months - with open security bugs.
Now I've been looking for alternatives. What I'm looking for should be
a ready-to-use router firmware with easy web-interface configuration from the start, not something like OpenWRT
obviously, a project that handles security-reports in a sane way
For now, Gargoyle the only one suitable. It doesn't officially support my Hardware, but it works anyway. I haven't looked deeper into it (e. g. didn't do any security analysis myself), but it seems to do the basic tasks. If you have suggestions of other projects, please leave a comment.
Hi, I'm the author of Gargoyle. Thanks for the post referencing my software!
Regarding security and CSRF attacks mentioned above -- this vulnerability was fixed in Gargoyle very recently. Beta5 and prior are vulnerable, while users of the latest bleeding-edge firmware (and future releases) are not.
Also, to the best of my knowledge X-Wrt is vulnerable to CSRF attacks, while the newer LuCI interface, which is now the default with OpenWrt, is not. However, last time I checked LuCI doesn't support https, which is a problem.