all in one fax, copier, scanner.........safe?



SniffinPopRocks
07-09-2005, 11:54 PM
are there any security issues with connecting an all-in-one to a networked
machine? ie- is it possible to hack into the device via the phone line and
then gain access to the computer~ domain?

Imhotep
07-09-2005, 11:54 PM
SniffinPopRocks wrote:

> are there any security issues with connecting an all-in-one to a networked
> machine? ie- is it possible to hack into the device via the phone line and
> then gain access to the computer~ domain?

Well, technically anything is possible. I have never heard of that. I would
think that it would be pretty difficult to pull off. If you work in a high
security environment (gov, etc) then you could make some enhancements to
your network.

1) Again, if you have a need (high security requirements) then you could use
a firewall to segment your all-in-one printers from your network. In other
words allow incoming (from you network to the all-in-one) access to your
all-in-one-device but do not allow your all-in-one device to intiate access
to your internal network (ie disallow all-in-one device to internal
network). This way should someone get access they are "locked" out from
your internal network because of the firewall. You can build a decent
firewall with Linux or *BSD that are quite good.

2) As is the rule for everything, keep the software up to date on the
all-in-one device

3) As is the rule with everything, keep an eye out on security holes and
current hacks.


-Im


all in one fax, copier, scanner.........safe?