HP Updates ‘Fire’ Printer

Thursday, December 29, 2011 @ 03:12 PM gHale

A vulnerability in HP LaserJet printers that could allow a hacker to remotely launch cyber attacks, steal information and in some scenarios even set it on fire is now getting a firmware update.

Columbia University researchers Ang Cui and Salvatore Stolfo first discovered the flaws in November and HP has been working toward a fix ever since.

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“HP has built a firmware update to mitigate this issue and is communicating this proactively to customers and partners. No customer has reported unauthorized access to HP,” the company said in an official statement.

“HP reiterates its recommendation to follow best practices for securing devices by placing printers behind a firewall and, where possible, disabling remote firmware upload on exposed printers.”

Users that rely on the LaserJet printer models susceptible to an attack should upgrade the device’s firmware to prevent any incidents.

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