The security experts have found keylogger feature within audio driver in HP laptops.
A key logger can be software or hardware action of recording the keys struck on a keyboard. So that the person using the keyboard is unaware that their actions are being monitored. Data can then be retrieved by the person operating the logging program.
According to researcher Michael Myng, found the defect while looking at an HP laptop’s keyboard backlight settings, logging disabled by default.
The strings led to something that appeared to be a hidden. The keylogger program that sends typed characters to an attacker in a Synaptics device driver.
A hacker seeking to enable it need to modify a Registry value, done only with User Account Control access. This issue can affect other manufacturers’ laptops which have the same Synaptics Touchpad driver.
If you have an HP laptop the driver installed that contains this debug trace, or keylogging, feature. To see if you have the affected driver. Go to the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder and look at the properties of the SynTP.sys driver.
The Product version listed as 22.214.171.124, 16 Aug 16, then you have the driver installed that contains the keylogging/debug trace feature.
you should keep your operating system updated with the latest security patches. While at the same time watching for patches from your PC manufacturer.
Steps to remove keylogger
HP has made bulletin that includes separate software update links for every HP, Spectre, Envy, Pavilion, Omen, Compaq laptops loaded with the keylogger. Found a total of 475 affected laptops, with 303 being consumer laptops.
To know your laptop’s model number to download the correct software package. You can find HP laptop model numbers by looking for the information on a sticker on the bottom of the machine.
You can press Fn + Esc simultaneously to HP’s System Information window. You’re looking for the “product name” entry.
Click the below link for HP’s security bulletin. And type in your laptop’s details to quickly find the correct update for your system and download it.
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