By Robert McMillan
IDG News Service
June 02, 2006
Hewlett-Packard Co. on Thursday pulled a printer driver from its Web
site after security vendor BitDefender reported that the software was
infected with the same computer virus that infected HP's drivers more
than five years ago.
A BitDefender partner notified the security vendor of the infected
driver software on Wednesday, and the company's security researchers
soon determined that it had the same Funlove virus that had plagued HP
in December 2000.
BitDefender notified HP of the problem on Wednesday, and the infected
printer driver was removed from HP's Web site early Thursday, said
BitDefender spokesman Vitor Souza.
Until then, the virus was being distributed with the Korean version of
the Windows 95/98 driver for HP's Officejet g85 All-in-One printer. HP
no longer sells the all-in-one printer, and the current antivirus
products are able to block it. So while the oversight is an
embarrassment for HP, it's unlikely that many users were affected by
Previously, HP had inadvertently distributed the Funlove virus in
Japanese printer drivers that were made available on the company's Web
site. Souza believes that HP most likely neglected to remove this
particular infected driver back in 2000. "Its just like nobody had run
a test against antivirus [software]," he said.
Even for users who fall prey to the virus, the consequences are not
When it gets installed, the Funlove pops up a text message that reads
"Fun Loving Criminal," and then attempts to reboot the PC. On Windows
NT machines, it attempts to change system settings so that files that
can normally be seen only by administrators are visible to all.
HP executives were not immediately available to comment for this
BitDefender is owned by Softwin SRL, based in Bucharest, Romania.
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