HP to fix vulnerabilities in its 150 product models by this year end

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In a detailed report released by F-Secure, over 150 models of HP are suffering from two vulnerabilities that, when exploited by hackers, could trick the victim into visiting a malevolent website or to launch a cross printing cyber attack.

F-Secure also notified the vulnerability to HP in an official way and the multinational company has assured that it will release a fix to the said flaws by this year’s end.

Researchers say that the susceptibility could allow hackers to execute an arbitrary code that could allow them to steal text from the document meant for printing.

F-Secure claims that the flaw can act as an entry point for hackers to enter the corporate network and can also lead to ransomware attacks, data steal or espionage.

Nowadays, companies are releasing Multi-functional printers that are acting as computing devices and can lead to compromise of networks and endpoints such as workstations.

There is a high possibility that such compromised devices can act as bots in a network and then take part in other attacks, such as Ddos and malware spread.

Hewlett Packard Inc has taken a note of the situation and has reportedly pressed its engineers into service to neutralize the flaws by the middle of this month.

Note- Multi functional printers are those which can scan and print and are mainly used in large offices, SMBs and, sometimes, in private households.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security