For the second time in 2017, HP is rolling out a patch to address a keylogger hidden on some of its laptops. And while the security flaw doesn't appear to be the result of any malintent, it affects hundreds of PC models shipped since 2012.
Initially discovered by a security researcher going by the name ZwClose (via PCWorld), the keylogger was included in the Synaptics Touchpad keyboard driver found on the affected laptops. The logging function was a debugging tool that was off by default, HP says, but it still posed a potential risk for exploitation by malicious software.
Fortunately, HP responded quickly after being alerted to the logger, ZwClose says. In a security bulletin, HP has acknowledged the issue, stating:
A potential security vulnerability has been identified with certain versions of Synaptics touchpad drivers that impacts all Synaptics OEM partners. A party would need administrative privileges in order to take advantage of the vulnerability. Neither Synaptics nor HP has access to customer data as a result of this issue.
For now, HP has provided patches for all of the affected laptop models, which number nearly 500. Affected models include EliteBook, ProBook, Envy, Spectre, and many more. According to ZwClose, the update will be automatically delivered via Windows Update as well.
This follows a similar incident from May, in which a keylogger was found to be included in a Conexant audio ddriver on some HP laptops. In that situation, keystrokes were actually being logged, but HP was quick to roll out a patch to remove the keylogger, as well as the log file associated with it.
We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more.
RLCraft turns Minecraft into a brutal survival game — and I'm addicted
Minecraft's Java Edition is home to many amazing mods and modpacks. RLCraft, a modpack organized by YouTuber Shivaxi, completely overhauls vanilla Minecraft and turns it into a brutally difficult, yet incredibly deep and nuanced survival experience.
Here are some new games you might see at the July 23rd Xbox Games Showcase
Fans have all eyes on Microsoft and their upcoming July 23rd Xbox Games Showcase event. Here are some of the major reveals we're expecting to see at the event.
The new XPS 17 (9700) has landed at our doorstep, and it's pretty great
The new XPS 17 (9700) review unit arrived, and we have some early thoughts (spoiler: we think it's incredible). Here are some photos of Dell's new flagship and how it compares to the Surface Book 3.
Bored at home? HP's got you covered with this gaming setup
No one said being stuck at home would be easy. It's lonely. It's boring. It's downright exhausting. And that's if you have work to do. If you, like many, are currently out of a job, you've almost nothing to do. What better way to pass the time by gaming? If you're in the market for a new rig or some new gear, HP's got a great sale going on, too!