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floydefisher
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Security Question for HP....Lojack for Laptops

http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=3828&tag=nl.e539

 

1.  Is there a list of laptops made by HP that shipped with this?  Can we see the list?

 

2.  Is there a way to deactivate this in the BIOS, or can you get a bios flash that does not contain this?

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1. Check this link.

2. No.

 

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I'm not sure if the vulnerabilty exists unless you actually install and activate LoJack? The article mentions finding the registry and other hdd settings that are set by first run of Lojack and modifying them to control laptop.

 

Interesting...and deserves more reserach.


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If You use LoJack software then You may have a problem because all processes of it are on white list of any antivirus program. So every program which care aboutYour security thinks then every action of it is safe for You.

Hp for listed models set this option as enabled in Bios and user can't change this option. That'show this system works. If Bios do not support it this program can't work.

 

 

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CherylG wrote:

I'm not sure if the vulnerabilty exists unless you actually install and activate LoJack? The article mentions finding the registry and other hdd settings that are set by first run of Lojack and modifying them to control laptop.

 

Interesting...and deserves more reserach.


If your bios has this, all that is needed is for malware to be installed, and presto!  You're now a zombie.

 

Not something I bargained for.  Need to get this over to the [H]ard boys and get a fix asap.

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floydefisher wrote:

CherylG wrote:

I'm not sure if the vulnerabilty exists unless you actually install and activate LoJack? The article mentions finding the registry and other hdd settings that are set by first run of Lojack and modifying them to control laptop.

 

Interesting...and deserves more reserach.


If your bios has this, all that is needed is for malware to be installed, and presto!  You're now a zombie.

 

Not something I bargained for.  Need to get this over to the [H]ard boys and get a fix asap.


 

It really doesn't seem to be that much of a problem...It would still have get passed your security software in order for it to install...and it's only been researched and unknown if any malware has been created to take advantage of the situation.
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