Wednesday, April 11, 2012

HP ProCurve Switch comes with FREE malware

HP had announced in their Security bulletin yesterday (10 Apr) that they have shipped malware-infected compact flash card with their HP ProCurve switches.

In their official bulletin, "
A potential security vulnerability has been identified with certain HP ProCurve 5400 zl switches containing compact flash cards which may be infected with a virus. Reuse of an infected compact flash card in a personal computer could result in a compromise of that system's integrity."

They have not disclosed how those malware managed to infected the Flash cards but it is likely that it had infected the systems of the third-party manufacturer that supply those flash cards.

It is not the first time that renown companies are shipping malware in their products. Seagate and Apple also have reported cases. (See my previous blog "Battery not included ... but Malware is...)

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