HP issues fix for keylogger found on hundreds of laptop models

by Linda Olson December 12, 2017, 16:08
HP issues fix for keylogger found on hundreds of laptop models

However, an attacker with access to an affected model could enable it to record a user's keystrokes.

This month, a security researcher found a "keylogger" flaw in hundreds of HP laptops. The keylogger was built into the software which controls the Synaptics touchpads used by the affected HP laptops, and was originally meant to help engineers to find and fix bugs in the software, according to HP.

Apparently, the software comes pre installed on tens of thousands of the Companies notebooks including 460 different models such as their EliteBook, ProBook, Pavilion and Envy models.

A built-in keylogger has been discovered on a host of HP laptops for the second time in 2017.

The security researcher, nicknamed ZwClose, found the bug when they were investigating the driver for ways that it can be used to adjust keyboard lighting.

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In May, keylogging software was discovered in the audio drivers which came preinstalled on a number of HP laptops.

It was originally meant to act as a debugging tool to check for errors in Synaptics software.

"A potential security vulnerability has been identified with certain versions of Synaptics touchpad drivers that impacts all Synaptics OEM partners". While the HP has since recognised that this could be a case of "loss of confidentiality", it has stated that neither it nor Synaptics had access to any customer data as a result of the incident.

Now, to check whether you're running an HP laptop with a deactivated keylogger installed, you can head over to the security advisory page and verify your laptop model from the list. HP states that "A party would need administrative privileges in order to take advantage of the vulnerability". Check if you're on the list of HP's affected devices, and download the fix sooner rather than later.

Myng alerted HP, which he says responded "terrificly fast", in confirming the presence of the keylogger.

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