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Hundreds of HP Laptops, Tablets Found with Pre-Installed Keylogger

12 December 2017, 04:07 | Deanna Wagner

Leftover Synaptics debugger puts a keylogger on laptops

The keylogger is disabled by default but hackers could use it to access private details like passwords and pin numbers. HP has issued a patch via their website and Windows Update to remove the software which customers are advised to download (stock

Security researcher Michael Myng discovered the hidden keylogger when someone asked him if he could figure out a way to control HP's keyboard backlight.

Close to 500 HP laptop models bought over the last five years contain a deactivated keylogger that could give hackers the ability to track everything users type.

HP's advisory stated that the vulnerability "impacts all Synaptics OEM partners", so we can expect a rash of driver updates to be released in the fugure.

In a November 7 security update, HP provided links to software patches for more than 450 products, including multiple models of the HP Notebook, HP EliteBook, HP Mobile Thin Client, HP ProBook, HP Spectre Pro and HP ZBook Mobile Workstation.

For anyone concerned that their device might have been affected, HP has released a full list of laptops known to have shipped with keyloggers since 2012.

This is not the first time that keylogging software has been found on HP products: a similar keylogger was discovered in May in the audio drivers pre-installed on several laptop models. "A party would need administrative privileges in order to take advantage of the vulnerability", the bulletin states.

"I messaged HP about the finding", Myng, who uses the handle "ZWClose", wrote on his blog. They include HP Envy, Omen, Pavilion, Spectre, Stream, EliteBook, ProBook, ZBook models and 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. According to ZwClose, the update will be automatically delivered via Windows Update as well. A nefarious hacker could compromise your HP laptop through a piece of software used on millions of computers, potentially leaving you with stolen financial information, or any other private data stored within your PC.

You can check here to see if your laptop is among them, and download the patch here.

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