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HP Laptops and Tablets Shipped With Audio Driver Acting as Keylogger
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2017, 03:26:08 AM »
HP Laptops and Tablets Shipped With Audio Driver Acting as Keylogger
12 May 2017, 12:18 am

It looks like many HP laptops and tablet PCs were shipped with a Conexant audio driver that can log keystrokes. This makes it a lot easier for any malicious actors to steal sensitive information from victims without even being detected. 

The discovery was made by security firm Modzero who noticed that MicTray64.exe, an app that comes with many HP devices alongside the Conexant audio driver package and that's registered as a scheduled task in Windows, is actually a keylogger. The official purpose of this feature is to figure out if the user has pressed any of the audio-related keys in order to mute or unmute the computer, for instance. 

Now, if the only feature this tool came with was "monitoring" keystrokes, it wouldn't have been such a huge deal. However, those keystrokes are logged to a file in the Users/Public folder and passed on to the OutputDebugString debugging API. This allows a... (read more)

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