HP Printers Leave PCs Open To Attack
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Hewlett-Packard has identified a security vulnerability in software used by owners of some of its printers, which could leave the computer open for hackers.

Security software company Sophos have advised users who have installed the Toolbox software alongside the Colour LaserJet 2500 and 4600 printers to upgrade to the latest software immediately.

The security vulnerability allows hackers to steal information from innocent users, said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos.

“A vulnerability like this opens the door for hackers to spy upon your sensitive information. Not protecting yourself against this problem is like leaving your front door open when you pop down the shops and expecting to find that no-one has stolen your belongings,” said Cluley. “Users who are running the affected software should upgrade as soon as possible and everyone should make sure they are fully informed of the latest security notifications.”

Sophos continues to recommend companies protect their desktops and servers with automatically updated anti-virus protection.

Sophos has published a link to more information and fixes from HP at:
http://www.sophos.com.au/pressoffice/news/articles/2006/04/hpprintervuln.html