HP warns printer users of hacking risk

April 06, 2006 Sophos Press Release

Hackers could steal information via the printer software vulnerability. Image copyright (c) Sophos
Hackers could steal information via the printer software vulnerability.

Experts at SophosLabs™, Sophos's global network of virus, spyware and spam analysis centers, have reminded computer users of the importance of remaining informed about security issues, following the news that Hewlett-Packard has identified a vulnerability in software used by owners of some of its printers.

The security vulnerability affects the Toolbox software installed alongside the Color LaserJet 2500 and 4600 printers, and allows hackers to steal information from innocent users. HP has urged all users of the affected printer software to upgrade to the latest version.

"A vulnerability like this opens the door for hackers to spy upon your sensitive information. Not protecting yourself against this problem is like leaving your front door open when you pop down the shops, and expecting to find no-one has stolen your belongings," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos. "Users who are running the affected software should upgrade as soon as possible, and everyone should make sure they are fully informed of the latest security notifications."

Sophos continues to recommend companies protect their desktops and servers with automatically updated anti-virus protection.