By Kim Zetter
May 20, 2010
A controversial remote administration program that a Pennsylvania school
district installed on student-issued laptops contains a security hole
that put the students at risk of being spied on by people outside the
school, according to a security firm that examined the software.
The LANrev program contains a vulnerability that would allow someone
using the same network as one of the students to install malware on the
laptop that could remotely control the computer. An intruder would be
able to steal data from the computer or control the laptop webcam to
snap surreptitious pictures.
The vulnerability was discovered by researchers at Leviathan Security
Group, who provided Threat Level with a video (see below) demonstrating
an exploit they developed.
They began examining the program after customers who saw media coverage
of the Pennsylvania case expressed concern that the program might be
exposing their employee computers to intrusion from outsiders. The same
software is used by many businesses to monitor and maintain their
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