quote: While most of its commentary does sound about right, there's a couple of outstanding issues here. First, HP suggests that "HP LaserJet printers have a hardware element called a 'thermal breaker'."The issue here is the word "have", as in the present tense. It is unclear when this became standard across HP's lineup. We're reaching out to HP to find out.
quote: When I read "HP LaserJet printers have a hardware element called a 'thermal breaker'" I understand it as all LaserJet printers, past and present. Not just present.My car has tires. Humans have eyes.Is my grammar f*ed up or is Jason's?By the way, I don't disagree with your point regarding when it became a standard. I just don't see the present tense thing being the hint.
quote: Why are you pretty sure that the pretty old models don't have a thermal breaker?
quote: its ludicrous to think the same can't be done on a windows environment
quote: You do remember 1984? The internet can about after that, and the printers that had any kind of microprocessor and net access came way after.
quote: Gonna have to agree with HP's characterization of this story as sensationalist. Does DailyTech REALLY think a hacker is going to take the time to hijack a mac/linux box to (possibly) start a printer fire?NEWSFLASH: Researchers discover that hackers can buy $0.10 books of matches at ANY corner store and light your printer on fire! Preliminary research suggests that such an exploit can cause a fire ANYWHERE, not just at your printer, but further research is ongoing...
quote: If I understood correctly, the exploit was that _any_ 3rd party could install a malicious firmware on the printer. How is this limited to Linux and Mac OS?
quote: And while the fire danger may be mitigated, what about the possibility of the printer relaying your documents to the outside world? That's the real danger, the overheating was just for show.
quote: Of course these attacks would require a fair level of sophistication, so it's hardly the kind of thing your average SQL injection "script kiddies" could pull off.