Columbia University researchers have discovered a security flaw in HP LaserJet printers that could allow an attacker to take control of a system, steal data from it, and even cause it to overheat and catch fire.

"Printers from other vendors likely have the same issue, leaving users of those devices exposed to similar threats, the researchers said," writes Computerworld's Jaikumar Vijayan. "The security researchers findings [were] first published by earlier today."

"The flaw in HP's LaserJet printers was discovered by Professor Salvatore Stolfo of the Computer Science Department at Columbia University's School of Engineering and Applied Science and fellow security researcher Ang Cui," Vijayan writes.

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