HP warns of malware on network switches

Summary:The company has issued a security bulletin after discovering some of its network switches were shipping with compact flash cards containing malware

HP has been accidentally shipping some of its network switches with compact flash cards that contain malware.

In a security bulletin issued by the company on Tuesday, HP stated that it had identified a potential security vulnerability for certain ProCurve 5400zl series switches that had been purchased after 30 April last year.

The switches contain a compact flash card to store its boot software and configuration files. HP has advised that certain switches shipped with compact flash cards that also contained a virus. While the switches themselves are not affected by the virus, if a user removes the card and accesses it from a computer, it could potentially infect that computer.

For more on this ZDNet UK-selected story, see HP spots virus on own network switches on ZDNet Australia.


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