Linked by Howard Fosdick on Sat 31st Dec 2011 07:57 UTC
Bugs & Viruses Columbia University researchers claim millions of HP printers could be open to remote attack via unsecured Remote Firmware Updates. Cybercriminals could steal personal information or attack otherwise secure networks. HP agrees there is a theoretical security problem but says no customer has ever reported unauthorized printer access. The company denies some of the claims and is still investigating others.
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This is sad
by p13. on Mon 2nd Jan 2012 13:50 UTC
p13.
Member since:
2005-07-10

Nowadays we have to worry about some stupid printer being a security issue? This is progress, right?
It's a printer people! Why does shit have to be so complicated these days?

-Kevin

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RE: This is sad
by Gestahlt on Tue 3rd Jan 2012 04:11 in reply to "This is sad"
Gestahlt Member since:
2011-10-17

Because whatever you produce nowadays got a small little computer in it. Since this makes the whole thing quite complex you can exploit it.

Yes there is progress. But these are the dangers of advancing technology. Everything can be exploited and abused. More features = more holes.

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RE[2]: This is sad
by p13. on Tue 3rd Jan 2012 12:47 in reply to "RE: This is sad"
p13. Member since:
2005-07-10

MCUs and SoCs have been used in all kinds of equipment since ages.
The real danger lies in tacking on all kinds of unneeded functionality.

Do you need your television to run linux? Should your microwave oven need to run a full OS?
If so, does your microwave oven need to be connected to the cloud? Do you need instant-anywhere food preparation using a fancy html5 webapp? Perhaps a catchy^H^H^Hshitty name will be invented for it such as foodster or snackbook.

This could be somewhat okay, but of course your microwave/dishwasher/hairdryer wants to know what you like on facebook. Perhaps your garage door opener would like to follow you on twitter as well.

This is a massive, partly misguided rant. I admit this, and for this i offer you my apologies.

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I just think things are going to get a lot worse for our privacy/security.

-Kevin

Edited 2012-01-03 12:47 UTC

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