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HP Fixes Security Flaws in LaserJet Firmware

wiredmikey (1824622) writes | more than 2 years ago

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wiredmikey (1824622) writes "In late November, news surfaced that researchers from Columbia University had discovered vulnerabilities in upgradeable firmware in HP laser printers that could be compromised and modified by an attacker, enabling them to do anything from overheating the printer, to compromising a network, with some saying that the devices could even be set up in flames.

While HP responded saying the reports of devices being able to be set on fire remotely were “sensational and inaccurate,” it did acknowledge existence of a security vulnerability related to the firmware in some its LaserJet printers and has now released a firmware update to mitigate the issues and is notifying customers and partners.

While HP provides software that enables admins to set configurations and security policies for devices, and provides IT infrastructure and filtering technology to help remove suspicious files and devices on a network, being able to monitor the health of the firmware on its printers is lacking, and has sparked concern by some."

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