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Most Mikrotik gear will run OpenWRT. I vastly prefer RouterOS, but horses for courses.
At the end of last year, WikiLeaks published a leaked database of the CIA's private hacking tools. This contained detailed explanations of hundreds of zero-day vulnerabilities, including Cisco, Ubiquiti and Mikrotik routers. Malware developers quickly started using these exploits in the wild. Mikrotik seem to have been disproportionately affected, despite having patched the relevant vulnerability (Chimay Red) before the leaks were made public. Most plausibly, this is because their equipment is popular with internet cafes and wireless ISPs in developing countries; Mikrotik equipment is cheap but powerful, giving amateur network administrators ample opportunity to shoot themselves in the foot. They don't have a particularly high rate of vulnerabilities (eight CVE items total, all patched).