Security Hole Found in Popular Software Used in Hundreds of HP PCs
According to the Business Insider, a security researcher recently found a security vulnerability within the Synaptics software that controls keyboard and trackpad inputs on hundreds HP laptop models.
The security gap, is the keylogger function within the Synaptics software. The technology can be misused by hackers, as it tracks keystrokes, making it easy for hackers to determine various user credentials. Fortunately, this functionality is disabled by default. Therefore, the hacker would have to have physical access to the PC in order to enable the keylogging function.
The impacted versions include the Pavilion, the EliteBook, and the ProBook. HP released all of the impacted models, as well as a security patch for each. If you are uncertain of the model number, you may check for the sticker under the device.
To access the list and appropriate patch for the model, click here.