Protect Your Windows PC from Printer Spoofing Attacks

CVSScvssV3_1: 7.5

Microsoft Windows is used by many people worldwide for both personal and professional use. A recent vulnerability was discovered in the Windows Printing Service that could allow attackers to spoof print jobs and trick users.

The vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2024-21406, has a CVSS score of 7.5 out of 10 indicating its potential impact. It affects how Windows handles incoming print jobs and validation of the supposed sender. By spoofing the sender details, a hacker could disguise malicious files or content as a normal print job which users may then unwittingly interact with thinking it’s legitimate.

This spoofing attack scenario threatens users’ security and privacy. To protect yourself, ensure you have installed the latest Windows updates which should contain a patch fixing this issue. Only interact with print jobs you were expecting, and be wary of unexpected or suspicious print jobs from unknown sources.

Following basic cybersecurity practices like keeping your system and applications updated, using antivirus software, and avoiding opening unsolicited files or attachments can help prevent falling victim to exploits like this. Staying vigilant and cautious online is important for your digital wellbeing.