Re: Are Multi-Function Printers a Security Risk?

From: Matt Gibson (mattg_at_blueedgetech.ca)
Date: 03/22/05


Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2005 11:57:42 -0800

That would depend on the exact model of printer, but I've never heard of
such a vulnerbility.

Matt Gibson - GSEC

"Stan G." <StanG@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:BE8F46EB-1539-4932-98A8-ECBBA119161A@microsoft.com...
>I think the real issue here is weather or not the Fax interface can be
>dialed
> up and hacked so that it can be used like a modem to access the PC and
> network.
>
> "Stan G." wrote:
>
>> Some of my users work as veteran's advocates within Veterans
>> Administration
>> offices across the country. As such they are guests on the VA's network
>> subject to there rules and guidelines. Recently I was informed that they
>> are
>> not allowed to use Multi-Function Printers due to a security risk. They
>> are
>> saying that someone can dial into the MFP Fax, access the attached PC
>> through
>> the printer interface and thus gain access to the network. This sounds a
>> bit
>> far fetched to me. Is this a real possibility?
>>
>>