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HP Printer Firmware Vulnerability Fixed: Opportunistic Lawsuit's Lost Opportunity?

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    Three weeks ago, we brought you news that researchers had apparently found serious vulnerabilities in the firmware of HP printers that can allow hackers to cause the fuser to overheat and almost make the paper inside catch fire. HP dismissed these claims as exaggerated, but said that they would look into it. Three days later, we reported that some enterprising New Yorker called David Goldblatt sued HP, alleging that he would not have bought their printers had he known about this problem beforehand, which seems a bit unlikely when you consider that HP is the number one printer brand by a mile. Now HP have released patches for these vulnerabilities and issued the following press release:

    It will be interesting to see if Goldblatt's opportunistic lawsuit now continues, given that the flaws are easily fixed with a patch and the printers should be sitting behind a firewall anyway. Somehow, it looks like Goldblatt's opportunity has vanished as quickly as one can say "update".
     
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    I like how the guy's lawsuit claims the printers can be hacked and compromise an "otherwise secure" network. But the hack requires a compromised computer, or at least a computer to download the compromised firmware and install it on the printers or it requires the printer be directly connected to the internet with a public IP. Both cases would mean the network is not "otherwise secure".
     
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    Yeah, brilliant, isn't it? :laugh: I wonder how much dough this lawsuit is gonna cost Mr Goldblatt?
     
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    its funny if you know what blatt means in russian.
     
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    Its funny, as everyone knows that Goldblatt is a jewish name, derived from German... this Jew here wasnt rich enough it seems, so he filed a nice new Lawsuit against HP :laugh:

    Phanbuey, i think you dont mean "Blatt", but rather "Bled" ;)
     
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    "Blatt" means nothing. "Bled" however, means "pale."
     

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