Keylogger Built into HP Laptops

12 December, 2017, 19:07 | Author: Austin Daniel
  • Keylogger uncovered on hundreds of HP PCs

It seems that history is repeating itself, as a security researcher has discovered a second keylogger that could have affected more than 460 models of HP laptops.

Back in May, HP was struck with the surprising revelation that some models of its laptops had been shipping with a keylogger preinstalled on the systems. In May, HP patched 30 laptops after a diagnostic update to their audio drivers accidentally resulted in every stroke being captured and saved to a local file. The keylogger in the HP Synaptics Touchpad driver (SynTP.sys) keyboard driver was not enabled by default.

A built-in keylogger was found in a huge number of HP laptops by security blogger Michael Myng, also known as ZwClose.

Confirmed HP: "A party would need administrative privileges in order to take advantage of the vulnerability".

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"I messaged HP about the finding", Myng, who uses the handle "ZWClose", wrote on his blog. So if you have a Synaptics touchpad on a non-HP laptop, it's worth keeping your eyes peeled for any news of an issue (and indeed a fix if that's the case).

Myng alerted HP, which he says responded "terrificly fast", in confirming the presence of the keylogger. The affected models include EliteBook, ProBook, Envy, Spectre, and many more. In the time since Myng reported the issue, HP has clarified the problem further over on its support site, noting that this was a problem with Synaptics touch pad drivers. Now, it appears there's yet another keylogger embedded in a piece of HP software.

At the time, HP said the software had been mistakenly installed on the devices.

Microsoft bundled those patches into the November Windows update, so if you can't find your model in the linked page, just Windows Update by clicking the Start button, clicking the settings gear, hitting Windows Update and tapping Check for Update. Your best bet is to simply download the patch as soon as possible.

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