Have you patched your printer?

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

HP has issued a security bulletin urging owners of certain LaserJet printers to apply a firmware update.

According to the company, the security vulnerability potentially allows hackers to gain unauthorised access to files stored on the printer via its web administration console.

This probably isn’t the most serious vulnerability that the world has ever seen, but you can imagine that many IT departments will treat patching a printer as a very low priority compared to desktop computers and servers. The danger is that some companies will never find the resources to tackle the lower priority security issues, potentially leaving them in a risky state for the future.

This security bulletin also underlines the importance for all departments responsible for securing their companies against threats to maintain an eye on bulletins from not just…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.