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Vulnerability In HP LaserJet Pro Printers Could Provide Intruders With Access To WiFi

HP LaserJet Pro 1102w

HP has posted a vulnerability alert that could allow a hacker access to your WiFi network via your wirelessly-connected HP LaserJet Pro printer.

A printer on the vulnerability list is the HP LaserJet Pro P1102w, one of the more common HP printers utilized by businesses.

We are frequently asked to configure WiFi printers, but we are strong opponents to such configurations both for reliability purposes, as well as security issues such as this.  We recommend not utilizing WiFi unless absolutely necessary and having a printer connected via WiFi, simply isn’t worth the reliability and vulnerability issues.

The PCI DSS also recommends not implementing WiFi unless absolutely necessary…

PCI DSS Wireless
PCI DSS Wireless | Click to Enlarge

Source: PCI DSS @ https://www.pcisecuritystandards.org/security_standards/documents.php?category=saqs

Affected printers are vulnerable until owners download and install the latest firmware via HP’s Support page.

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