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A security vulnerability involving some HP printer models makes users open to hacking attack.

The bug in the Toolbox software installed with HP's Color LaserJet 2500 and 4600 printers creates a means for attackers to pinch valuable information. When the Toolbox is left in a default configuration hackers might be able to steal files from a Windows PC connected to these printers. HP advises users to upgrade their Toolbox software to version 3.1 to guard against possible attacks.

More details can be found in HP's advisory here. ®

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