HP laptops have once again been hit by a hidden keylogger

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It seems that history is repeating itself, as a security researcher has discovered a second keylogger that could have affected more than 460 models of HP laptops.

HP has since publicly acknowledged that the keylogger software is present in a large number of its laptops and has published a full list of affected models.

According to the HP security bulletin, the vulnerability reportedly affects all Synaptics OEM partners including HP that have shipped systems with certain Synaptics Touchpad driver versions.

It's important to update your computer as soon as possible to patch out the vulnerability created by the HP laptop keylogger. In May, Swiss security firm Modzero discovered a keylogger built into the HP audio driver.

"They replied terrifically fast, confirmed the presence of the keylogger (which actually was a debug trace) and released an update that removes the trace", Mr Myng said. In the time since Myng reported the issue, HP has clarified the problem further over on its support site, noting that this was a problem with Synaptics touch pad drivers. The notebook models that have the keylogger code includes the members of Envy, EliteBook, ProBook, Spectre Pro, Stream, and Pavilion series, among various others.

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"At this point I had to run some ETW capture software like MessageAnalyzer to read the trace, but I couldn't do that since I didn't have HP laptop", said the researcher.

Myng's disclosure of the dormant keylogger that he found comes exactly one month after HP released an update to address the issues (in which it credited Myng).

At press time, HP had not responded to a request for comment regarding this issue. If you find your laptop on the list, just click the corresponding link alongside it to download the new driver.

'These scripts record your keystrokes, mouse movements, and scrolling behavior, along with the entire contents of the pages you visit, and send them to third-party servers.


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