28 HP PCs record everything you write

28 HP PCs record everything you write

Image 1: 28 HP PCs record everything you writeSome computers built by HP embark a keylogger nestled in one of its pilots. Unbeknownst to the user, this function records all keystrokes and therefore the information entered.

This keylogger was unmasked by a security researcher from the company Modzero. He discovered it in the sound card drivers. Appointed Conexant HD Audio Driver, this package is installed on 28 HP machines, all potentially infected. EliteBook, ProBook, ZBook, many ranges are concerned, including some models intended for businesses. Modzero explains on his site that keylogger records each press of a key, each release, and the activation of all special keys such as Shift. A password is also saved even if it does not appear [en clair, NDLR] on the screen.

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The keylogger is not malicious, but the data it records is stored on the computer. A malicious person would have easy access to it by using malware to infiltrate the machine. Potentially sensitive data could leak massively.

Shortly after the revelations from the Modzero researcher, HP communicated on an update of its machines. Patches have been deployed to remove the keylogger from the driver pack. The manufacturer adds that it “Is committed to the security and confidentiality of its customers […] HP does not have access to customer data. “

The incriminated computers produced in 2016 benefit from a patch available via Windows Update or HP.com. For older PCs, a dedicated patch will be released on May 12.

In the meantime, Modzero advises all users to check whether the programs C: WindowsSystem32MicTray64.exe or C: WindowsSystem32MicTray.exe are installed. If they are present, the company advises to delete them in order to cut the recording of the entry.

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List of machines affected by the keylogger:

  • HP EliteBook 820 G3 Notebook PC
  • HP EliteBook 828 G3 Notebook PC
  • HP EliteBook 840 G3 Notebook PC
  • HP EliteBook 848 G3 Notebook PC
  • HP EliteBook 850 G3 Notebook PC
  • HP ProBook 640 G2 Notebook PC
  • HP ProBook 650 G2 Notebook PC
  • HP ProBook 645 G2 Notebook PC
  • HP ProBook 655 G2 Notebook PC
  • HP ProBook 450 G3 Notebook PC
  • HP ProBook 430 G3 Notebook PC
  • HP ProBook 440 G3 Notebook PC
  • HP ProBook 446 G3 Notebook PC
  • HP ProBook 470 G3 Notebook PC
  • HP ProBook 455 G3 Notebook PC
  • HP EliteBook 725 G3 Notebook PC
  • HP EliteBook 745 G3 Notebook PC
  • HP EliteBook 755 G3 Notebook PC
  • HP EliteBook 1030 G1 Notebook PC
  • HP ZBook 15u G3 Mobile Workstation
  • HP Elite x2 1012 G1 Tablet
  • HP Elite x2 1012 G1 with Travel Keyboard
  • HP Elite x2 1012 G1 Advanced Keyboard
  • HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G3 Notebook PC
  • HP ZBook 17 G3 Mobile Workstation
  • HP ZBook 15 G3 Mobile Workstation
  • HP ZBook Studio G3 Mobile Workstation
  • HP EliteBook Folio G1 Notebook PC