HP warns of printer security vulnerability

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With the constant stream of security concerns around Windows, it’s easy to forget that other software can also have security holes. But hackers do target other programs, highlighted today by Hewlett-Packard announcing a vulnerability in software used in conjunction with 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 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 that no-one has stolen your belongings," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos. 

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Dave Walker