ecret Keylogger found in HP notebooks

tedjamestedjames Scruffy-looking nerfherdrMember Posts: 1,179 ■■■■■■■■□□
Edit: Dagnabit! That's what I get for copying and pasting. Can some moderator-type person put an S at the beginning of the subject line, please?

From HP:
HP announced this weekend that close to 475 notebook models (dating as far back as 2012) were shipped out with a secret keylogger installed in the Synaptics Touchpad driver. The keylogger is deactivated by default, but HP has issued driver updates for the affected notebooks. Michael Myng, aka ZwClose, found the keylogger while performing an investigation on the laptop keyboard backlight.

The following links share more information about the keylogger and lists the affected models along with their driver updates.

HP Support Communication – Security Bulletin: https://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c05827409
ZwClose’s write-up on the keylogger: https://zwclose.github.io/HP-keylogger/
CSO Online: https://www.csoonline.com/article/3241237/security/keylogger-found-in-keyboard-driver-of-475-hp-notebook-models.html
PCWorld: https://www.pcworld.com/article/3240998/laptop-computers/hp-laptops-keylogger.html

Comments

  • 636-555-3226636-555-3226 Member Posts: 976 ■■■■■□□□□□
    I always reimage all my computers with vanilla Windows and only install drivers that Windows doesn't come with. Not a fool-proof bet (and not sure if it would even apply in this instance), but I haven't trusted OEM builds since I started buying them with tons of useless crud they get paid to put on....
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