Published: Mon, December 11, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

HP issues fix for keylogger found on hundreds of laptop models

HP issues fix for keylogger found on hundreds of laptop models

As a result of a thorough research, the users came across a keyboard driver called "SynTP.sys" which gave the details regarding its IDA.

HP laptops have been blighted by another keylogger (following the discovery of one in the firm's notebooks earlier this year), with the issue affecting nearly 500 devices - and it could even affect other manufacturers' portables. The keylogger is hidden inside the Synaptics driver for the touchpad and keyboard. To turn on the debug "feature" a user with admin privileges would have to make a change to the Windows registry, whereupon keystrokes would be logged to a local file. HP said the keylogging is created to be used during a debugging backtrace, allowing the company to inspect what's gone wrong in a program.

Is your laptop among those vulnerable to the attacks? The keylogger is deactivated by default but could represent a privacy concern if an attacker has physical access to the computer. Fast response Myng was unable to verify the keylogger's functionality because he didn't have access to an HP laptop.

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).

HP issues fix for keylogger found on hundreds of laptop models
HP issues fix for keylogger found on hundreds of laptop models

I tried to find HP laptop for rent and asked a few communities about that but got nearly no replies.

"I messaged HP about the finding", Myng said. The company said the code had been mistakenly added to the driver and was not meant to be publicly released.

Affected products include HP G2 Notebooks, the HP Elite x2 1011 G1 tablet, HP EliteBooks, HP ProBooks and HP ZBook models, among others.

The bottom line? Update your HP laptop as soon as possible.

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