HP OfficeJet multi-function Printer Fax machines are a massive security problem
Researchers at Check Point have disclosed a security vulnerability in HP OfficeJet multi-function printers, Wired reported. The security flaw allows an attacker to compromise affected printers with a specially-crafted fax and potentially gain access to a target network.
Fax is still widely used in several industries and is considered a secure method to transmit sensitive documents. Check Point warned that nothing could be further from the truth, however. Fax offers no encryption and no verification. Anyone who has tapped a phone line will potentially be able to snoop on faxes sent on it.
There is also no way to prevent anyone from sending a malicious fax to a particular machine if it is connected to the phone network. HP has released security patches to protect printers affected by the flaw.
|Fax machines are a massive security problem
Researchers at Check Point have disclosed a security vulnerability in HP OfficeJet multi-function printers.