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More than 460 HP laptop models come with a pre-installed keylogger

Pre-installed keylogger found in 460 HP laptop models in December 2017 (Source: Dash Force News)
HP laptops still come with pre-installed keylogger (Source: Dash Force News)
Although this is not the first time it happens this year, HP has been caught red-handed once again. This time, the keylogger has been found in the Synaptics touchpad driver that ships with more than 460 HP notebook models.

Back in May, it became public that HP laptops came with a keylogger nicely packed inside their official audio driver files. Last month, a spyware known as "HP Touchpoint Analytics Client" was identified as well. Now, it looks like the time has come for a third poisoned apple (and apparently the worst of them all) from HP to be discovered.

According to a Twitter message that surfaced online last week, independent security researcher ZwClose discovered a keylogger in the SynTP.sys file. His message says the following: "Oh well. Keylogger in HP's SynTP.sys. Off by default. Vendor contacted. Fix released and pushed. Blog post is on the way."

The blog post he mentioned has been published on December 7 and can be checked here (it includes a lot of technical details, so consider yourselves warned). 

The good part is that, in the end, HP moved really fast and published a security bulletin the same day, including a (very long!) list of software updates that can take care of the problem. To access all these updates, just go to this page.

Those wondering about the details of this security issue should just know that the keylogger could allow third parties to record every keystroke and steal all sensitive data, including passwords and credit card details. According to HP, this keylogger was nothing but a debug trace that has been left there by accident. Since it was disabled by default, HP might be right. However, enabling it only requires the change of a single registry value, so this accident could have led to a major security issue for thousands of users.

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Codrut Nistor, 2017-12-11 (Update: 2017-12-11)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.