Around 500 HP laptops are vulnerable to a potential security threat. Michael Myng found deactivated keylogger in keyboard driver SynTP.sys. The keylogger is deactivated by default. However, it can pose a serious privacy threat if the attacker has access to the laptop.
Some time ago someone asked me if I can figure out how to control HP’s laptop keyboard backlight,” wrote Myng. “I asked for the keyboard driver SynTP.sys, opened it in IDA, and after some browsing noticed a few interesting strings.
The piece code revealed something he was not expecting. There was a deactivated keylogger. He was quite surprised by his findings and contacted HP. The company replied super fast and even released a software update to address the issue.
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HP uses Synaptics’ touchpads in some of its mobile PCs and has worked with Synaptics to provide fixes to their error for impacted HP systems, available via the security bulletin on HP.com
If you own an HP laptop, then you should check the list of affected devices to find out if you are vulnerable to keylogger threat. In fact, you will also find softpaq download link. Download the update for your laptop and install it right away.
What is a Keylogger?
It is important that we explain it for our readers. It is a sort of a surveillance software which store all your keystrokes in a log file. It can record all the important information you type using your keyboard including passwords, usernames, emails and other sensitive data. This is the only reason some websites asks you to enter your sensitive data using a virtual keyboard.
Why People Use Keylogger?
Mostly company uses the keylogger to track the activity of employees on the official computers. This is just to make sure that the employee is not wasting time on social media. Moreover, parents also use keyloggers to track the browsing and online activity of their children.
However, hackers use keyloggers to get sensitive data like credit card details, passwords, and others.
We hope you understand how important it is to install the latest software update released by HP to fix this vulnerability. For future, we would recommend you to keep your system updated. Installing all the latest updates and security patches is important. Moreover, you should avoid using cracked software.