Patch Your Printer To Prevent Data Theft
Monday, February 9, 2009
A recent vulnerability discovered in some Hewlett-Packard LaserJet printer models serves as a reminder that even your printer can be used against you.
This particular advisory concerns black and white LaserJet 2410, 2420, 2430, 4250, 4350, 9040, 9050 series, and HP Color LaserJet 4730mfp, HP Color LaserJet 9500mfp and HP 9200C Digital Sender. A bug in the administrative interface could be used to obtain any document that has been sent to the printer. Many printers today keep digital copies of what they've printed, a potential security risk for any business. To patch such vulnerabilities you need to update your printer's firmware, or the little bit of software that lives inside the printer itself.
This is a good time to remind all of you that you should check for new printer software on a regular basis. Your printer could easily be the subject of an advisory similar to this one. To learn if there is updated software for your printer, visit the manufacturer's web site and look under "support."
Posted byTriona Guidry at 11:22 AM