Vulnerabilities Found In HP Printer Software

2013-01-28 09:26:17

Published on 2013-01-28 09:26:17

Vulnerabilities have been found in HP printer software, which may put users in danger of losing personal documents.

These bugs impact HP's JetDirect software, which enables printers to be set up on networks, according to ViaForensics security researcher Sebastian Guerrero.

SC Magazine reported Mr Guerrero as saying that cyber criminals can damage a number of printers by infusing tags parsed by printer control and language interpreters.

"When considering threats to their computer infrastructure, most companies don’t really consider the risks that printers may pose. Of perhaps greater worry to companies might be data theft that could easily occur on printer devices that store sensitive information," he explained.

Devices affected by the vulnerabilities also include models from Canon, Fujitsu, Konica Minolta; Lexmark, Xerox, Sharp and Kodak.

The US Computer Emergency Readiness Team recently warned that Samsung and Dell printers could be vulnerable to hackers.

It suggested that some of the company's machines have a hardcoded account, which could allow hackers to hijack them.

Posted by Barry Ashmore.

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