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HP says security flaw is real, but flames are unlikely Print E-mail
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Source: SC Magazine - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Vendors/Products Hewlett-Packard has shot down claims that a vulnerability in some of its printers could be used to set the devices on fire. Researchers at Columbia University in New York this week said they discovered a flaw in HP LaserJet printers that could allow attackers to steal sensitive documents, gain control of corporate networks, or even set the affected devices on fire.

These exploits could be accomplished because some HP LaserJet printers do not validate the origin of remote firmware updates before applying them, Salvatore Stolfo, a professor of computer science at Columbia who directed the research, told SCMagazineUS.com on Tuesday. That means anyone can reprogram the devices with malicious firmware.

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