Keylogger Discovered On HP Windows Laptops - List Of Models Affected

By Kachi Ojieh Friday, May 12, 2017
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A Swiss specialist has found a keylogger in an audio driver on numerous Windows portable PCs made by HP Inc.

The specialist, Thorsten Schroeder, said the reason for the keylogger was to perceive whether a unique key had been pressed or released.

Thorsten Schroeder wrote "Instead, however, the developer has introduced a number of diagnostic and debugging features to ensure that all keystrokes are either broadcasted through a debugging interface or written to a log file in a public directory on the hard-drive."

This sort of debugging transforms the audio driver to a keylogging spyware. On the premise of meta-data of the records, the keylogger is believed to have being in existence on HP PC’s since December 2015.

While he said there was no confirmation that the keylogger had been purposefully planted as a means to pursue an aim, it was complete carelessness on the part of the developers. This, in any case, did not reduce the damage that could be brought about by the software.

Schroeder looked for responses from HP Inc and Conexant, neither one of the companies spoke about it.

HP hardware models and operating systems which were possibly affected are listed below:

Models affected by the keylogger

- HP EliteBook 820 G3 Notebook PC
- HP EliteBook 828 G3 Notebook PC
- HP EliteBook 840 G3 Notebook PC
- HP EliteBook 848 G3 Notebook PC
- HP EliteBook 850 G3 Notebook PC
- HP ProBook 640 G2 Notebook PC
- HP ProBook 650 G2 Notebook PC
- HP ProBook 645 G2 Notebook PC
- HP ProBook 655 G2 Notebook PC
- HP ProBook 450 G3 Notebook PC
- HP ProBook 430 G3 Notebook PC
- HP ProBook 440 G3 Notebook PC
- HP ProBook 446 G3 Notebook PC
- HP ProBook 470 G3 Notebook PC
- HP ProBook 455 G3 Notebook PC
- HP EliteBook 725 G3 Notebook PC
- HP EliteBook 745 G3 Notebook PC
- HP EliteBook 755 G3 Notebook PC
- HP EliteBook 1030 G1 Notebook PC
- HP ZBook 15u G3 Mobile Workstation
- HP Elite x2 1012 G1 Tablet
- HP Elite x2 1012 G1 with Travel Keyboard
- HP Elite x2 1012 G1 Advanced Keyboard
- HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G3 Notebook PC
- HP ZBook 17 G3 Mobile Workstation
- HP ZBook 15 G3 Mobile Workstation
- HP ZBook Studio G3 Mobile Workstation
- HP EliteBook Folio G1 Notebook PC

Operating systems affected by the keylogger

- Microsoft Windows 10 32
- Microsoft Windows 10 64
- Microsoft Windows 10 IOT Enterprise 32-Bit (x86)
- Microsoft Windows 10 IOT Enterprise 64-Bit (x86)
- Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise 32 Edition
- Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise 64 Edition
- Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic 32 Edition
- Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic 64 Edition
- Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 32 Edition
- Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Edition
- Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 32 Edition
- Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64 Edition
- Microsoft Windows 7 Starter 32 Edition
- Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Edition
- Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Edition
- Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard 7 32
- Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard 7E 32-Bit

Read more about this on:
 - iTWire
 - Threatpost
Keylogger Discovered On HP Windows Laptops image
Featured image source: threatpost.com 

A Swiss specialist has found a keylogger in an audio driver on numerous Windows portable PCs made by HP Inc.

The specialist, Thorsten Schroeder, said the reason for the keylogger was to perceive whether a unique key had been pressed or released.

Thorsten Schroeder wrote "Instead, however, the developer has introduced a number of diagnostic and debugging features to ensure that all keystrokes are either broadcasted through a debugging interface or written to a log file in a public directory on the hard-drive."

This sort of debugging transforms the audio driver to a keylogging spyware. On the premise of meta-data of the records, the keylogger is believed to have being in existence on HP PC’s since December 2015.

While he said there was no confirmation that the keylogger had been purposefully planted as a means to pursue an aim, it was complete carelessness on the part of the developers. This, in any case, did not reduce the damage that could be brought about by the software.

Schroeder looked for responses from HP Inc and Conexant, neither one of the companies spoke about it.

HP hardware models and operating systems which were possibly affected are listed below:

Models affected by the keylogger

- HP EliteBook 820 G3 Notebook PC
- HP EliteBook 828 G3 Notebook PC
- HP EliteBook 840 G3 Notebook PC
- HP EliteBook 848 G3 Notebook PC
- HP EliteBook 850 G3 Notebook PC
- HP ProBook 640 G2 Notebook PC
- HP ProBook 650 G2 Notebook PC
- HP ProBook 645 G2 Notebook PC
- HP ProBook 655 G2 Notebook PC
- HP ProBook 450 G3 Notebook PC
- HP ProBook 430 G3 Notebook PC
- HP ProBook 440 G3 Notebook PC
- HP ProBook 446 G3 Notebook PC
- HP ProBook 470 G3 Notebook PC
- HP ProBook 455 G3 Notebook PC
- HP EliteBook 725 G3 Notebook PC
- HP EliteBook 745 G3 Notebook PC
- HP EliteBook 755 G3 Notebook PC
- HP EliteBook 1030 G1 Notebook PC
- HP ZBook 15u G3 Mobile Workstation
- HP Elite x2 1012 G1 Tablet
- HP Elite x2 1012 G1 with Travel Keyboard
- HP Elite x2 1012 G1 Advanced Keyboard
- HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G3 Notebook PC
- HP ZBook 17 G3 Mobile Workstation
- HP ZBook 15 G3 Mobile Workstation
- HP ZBook Studio G3 Mobile Workstation
- HP EliteBook Folio G1 Notebook PC

Operating systems affected by the keylogger

- Microsoft Windows 10 32
- Microsoft Windows 10 64
- Microsoft Windows 10 IOT Enterprise 32-Bit (x86)
- Microsoft Windows 10 IOT Enterprise 64-Bit (x86)
- Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise 32 Edition
- Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise 64 Edition
- Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic 32 Edition
- Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic 64 Edition
- Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 32 Edition
- Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Edition
- Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 32 Edition
- Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64 Edition
- Microsoft Windows 7 Starter 32 Edition
- Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Edition
- Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Edition
- Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard 7 32
- Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard 7E 32-Bit

Read more about this on:
 - iTWire
 - Threatpost
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