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rongtw
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HP laptops

HP laptops found with Key loggers Sad

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-42309371

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Re: HP laptops

I can't see anywhere where this "key logger" resides.  Is this a Windows driver, or is it a BIOS issue ?

 

The two HP links in that BBC article just refer to an .EXE file to fix the problem,  with no mention of whether that updates the OS or patches the BIOS.

 

Huh

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Re: HP laptops

seems a bit late as the fixed versions 19.3.31.31 were automatically updated on my laptop

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Re: HP laptops

It's in the Touchpad driver.

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Re: HP laptops

Thanks.

 

My concern was that the last few HP laptops I've upgraded to the latest BIOS, I've done using a DOS .EXE from a floppy image on a bootable USB stick, where the BIOS is first updated as expected and eventually reboots, and then says something like "Please don't touch anything and wait while the keyboard and touchpad firmware is updated", then reboots a second time, at which point everything is back to normal but updated.

Therefore I was wondering whether this was a Windows patch to perform the unexpected second phase firmware update I've observed, disguised as a Windows driver update, as I don't suppose the majority of HP owners would be confident in doing a scary BIOS update from the command prompt.

The question is do the affected HP laptops running Linux also need patching, and if so how ?.

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Re: HP laptops

HP have released a patch https://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c05827409

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Re: HP laptops

I know they called it a key logger but it was just a disabled bug testing part of the driver software.

Though I suppose it's no different to all the holes in windows and other software.

A potential software exploit probably doesn't sound as dramatic.