Some HP laptops are stealing a deactivated keylogger

Researcher Michael Myng found a deactivated keylogger in a square of module found on over 460 HP laptop models. A full list of influenced laptops is here. The keylogger is deactivated by default though could paint a remoteness regard if an assailant has earthy entrance to a computer.

“Some time ago someone asked me if we can figure out how to control HP’s laptop keyboard backlight,” wrote Myng. “I asked for a keyboard motorist SynTP.sys, non-stop it in IDA, and after some browsing beheld a few engaging strings.”

The strings led to something that seemed to be a dark keylogger – a module that sends typed characters to an assailant – in a Synaptics device driver. Given that a decompiled formula prepared and sent pivotal presses to an unnamed target, Myng was sincerely certain he had something engaging on his hands.

Luckily, HP responded quickly.

“I attempted to find HP laptop for lease and asked a few communities about that though got roughly no replies,” he said. “One man even suspicion that we am a burglar perplexing to sack someone. So, we messaged HP about a finding. They replied terrifically fast, reliable a participation of a keylogger (which indeed was a debug trace) and expelled an refurbish that removes a trace.”

The bottom line? Update your HP laptop as shortly as possible. If we are on HP’s list of influenced laptops we can download a repair here.

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