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HP Disputes Printer Security Vulnerabilities
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2/3/2013 | 5:25:07 PM
re: HP Disputes Printer Security Vulnerabilities
So what exactly is HP stating, that if you launch a no holds barred attack then only is printer vulnerable? If Sebastian Guerrero has documented evidence, then what is in dispute here? It makes HP look even worse, then admitting and addressing the vulnerability. I agree that it is standard practice to change the default password, but HP has to take that into consideration that non-technical people will be using their printers and should have some step-by-step walk through for automatically changing your password before it goes live on your network.

Paul Sprague
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1/30/2013 | 4:08:06 PM
re: HP Disputes Printer Security Vulnerabilities
I am quite certain that the majority of individuals and SMB's that use network capable printers are unaware of how they can be exploited. This is an awareness issue.

Almost all "network capable" printers these days have the ability to be managed remotely using their embedded web server. While that makes it convenient to manage the printer by not having to physically use the printer's controls, it opens up Pandora's box in how a given printer can be exploited.

I would bet the farm that most individuals and SMB's buy a printer, stick it on their network, and never change the default password - which is well known. HP (in particular) is dreaming if they think most customers will take the time to download and use their management tools to secure the printer. This is/has not been top of mind for most companies.


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