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Huge security flaw: Keylogger found on HP laptops

This is a huge risk, especially because the affected laptops from HP are enterprise notebooks that could make businesses vulnerable
By: Lana Jelic | Hacking & Security News | Posted: May 11, 2017 8:23 pm

Swiss cyber-security company Modzero discovered some worrying security flaws in certain HP laptops and made them public.

 

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According to their report, some HP laptops come with an audio driver that includes a feature which would be best described as a keylogger. This feature records all the user's keystrokes and saves the information into a local file, which is accessible to third-party software or malware.

 

The keylogger feature was discovered in the Conexant HD Audio Driver Package version 1.0.0.46 and earlier. The audio driver in question is preinstalled on the HP laptops.

 

The problem with this is that it shouldn't be storing a local unencrypted record of your keystrokes. This behavior opens your personal keystrokes to anyone that has access to your computer. Both local and remote, which means your passwords can be compromised. This is a huge risk, especially because the affected laptops from HP are enterprise notebooks that could make businesses vulnerable.

 

At this moment the best thing you can do is delete the local file. Then follow the instructions on how to remove the application.

 

Modzero confirmed this security risk on 28 HP laptops:

 

  • HP EliteBook 820 G3 Notebook PC
  • HP EliteBook 828 G3 Notebook PC
  • HP EliteBook 840 G3 Notebook PC
  • HP EliteBook 848 G3 Notebook PC
  • HP EliteBook 850 G3 Notebook PC
  • HP ProBook 640 G2 Notebook PC
  • HP ProBook 650 G2 Notebook PC
  • HP ProBook 645 G2 Notebook PC
  • HP ProBook 655 G2 Notebook PC
  • HP ProBook 450 G3 Notebook PC
  • HP ProBook 430 G3 Notebook PC
  • HP ProBook 440 G3 Notebook PC
  • HP ProBook 446 G3 Notebook PC
  • HP ProBook 470 G3 Notebook PC
  • HP ProBook 455 G3 Notebook PC
  • HP EliteBook 725 G3 Notebook PC
  • HP EliteBook 745 G3 Notebook PC
  • HP EliteBook 755 G3 Notebook PC
  • HP EliteBook 1030 G1 Notebook PC
  • HP ZBook 15u G3 Mobile Workstation
  • HP Elite x2 1012 G1 Tablet
  • HP Elite x2 1012 G1 with Travel Keyboard
  • HP Elite x2 1012 G1 Advanced Keyboard
  • HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G3 Notebook PC
  • HP ZBook 17 G3 Mobile Workstation
  • HP ZBook 15 G3 Mobile Workstation
  • HP ZBook Studio G3 Mobile Workstation
  • HP EliteBook Folio G1 Notebook PC

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