Hacker gets Doom to run on a printer

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The office printer is a dark place for many. It normally sits in the musty corner of the office, the place everybody hates to go, but has to go when paper needs duplicating. Nobody will ever mention it, but it’s usually good practice to never touch the glass top by hand as there may be some rear DNA smeared all over it. If only there was something that could help pass the time while waiting for all those copies to complete…

Thankfully, there may well be! A hacker by the name of Michael Jordon (not the basketball player) has gone ahead and tricked a Canon Pixma printer into running the original Doom game.

Sure, it must be an absolute nightmare to play, but DOOM ON A PRINTER PEOPLE! One would think this sort of thing was done for some good old fashioned giggles. It wasn’t. Jordon is trying to show just how much of a security vulnerability a printer can be (PC Gamer via The Guardian).

“While you can trigger a firmware update you can also change the web proxy settings and the DNS server. If you can change these then you can redirect where the printer goes to check for a new firmware.”

“So what protection does Canon use to prevent a malicious person from providing a malicious firmware? In a nutshell – nothing, there is no signing (the correct way to do it) but it does have very weak encryption.”

Well, I honestly never expected something like that. I have just covered my printer with a blanket because I fear Skynet might be watching my every move! Let’s not forget that Doom was also made to run on an ATM. Ok everybody, stop placing the game on every piece of hardware. You are making Skynet’s job so much easier…

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Thankfully, Canon are aware of the issue, and will be providing a fix (via Context):

“We thank Context for bringing this issue to our attention; we take any potential security vulnerability very seriously.  At Canon we work hard at securing all of our products, however with diverse and ever-changing security threats we welcome input from others to ensure our customers are as well protected as possible.

We intend to provide a fix as quickly as is feasible.  All PIXMA products launching from now onwards will have a username/password added to the PIXMA web interface, and models launched from the second half of 2013 onwards will also receive this update, models launched prior to this time are unaffected. This action will resolve the issue uncovered by Context.”

Good job Canon! It does make you wonder what other pieces of hardware might pose security threats though. Honestly, a printer was the last thing I would have thought of. I can’t even look my keyboard in the eye anymore. Every keystroke could well be sending information to Skynet itself!

Last Updated: September 16, 2014

Matthew Figueira

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  • Galbedir

    By Odins Raven!

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    But can it play Crysis?

    • hairyknees

      Maybe in another decade or two 😛 heck that would be amazing!

    • Admiral Chief Assassin


  • th3SiCn3ss

    & dis hoe dit lyk as ‘n lcd screentjie kots…….

  • Hammersteyn

    Imagine getting the call in that IT department

    • My printer can’t see my computer, but it is able to use shotguns and other weapons 0_O

      • Admiral Chief Assassin


    • th3SiCn3ss

      specially at the mweb support…..

      • user: hello it. dept my printer is showing doom…
      • tech: have you tried turning it on & off again?
      • user: yes but it still shows doom
      • tech: can you ID the software for me? 🙂
      • user: it’s called firmware, how did you get a job here????
      • tech: firmware?? isn’t that a speedo?

      • Kromas of City17

        Mweb support sicness is far from telkom support. They will tell you its not their fault then escalate the ticket and call you back 5 months later to ask if it is resolved.

        Also …. BF4 tonight?

        • th3SiCn3ss

          hehehe you mean BF4 kuck sake!!!! how did he knife me while I’m flying…..

        • dylbobjohnjoe

          “You have a problem with your line? It might be our side, but we aren’t trained to find out, would you like us to send a technician over? It will just cost you your firstborn if he cant find the problem, also, can you be at home 8am to 5pm until the second coming? No? Thank you for calling telkom.”

      • “ID the software?” I see what you did there… 😉

        • th3SiCn3ss

          well done my good sir…..

    • malK

      For the love of god, nobody print “iddqd”

  • I would love to know what kind of printer Martha is made to use… 0_O

    • Anon A Mouse

      Martha first sniffs the class before using it anyway.

      • What, the whole class? Or just the naughty ones? 0_O

        • Anon A Mouse

          Hahaha, glass, class, cabbage, same thing.

  • WarframedSquirrel

    “All PIXMA products launching from now onwards will have a username/password added to the PIXMA web interface” They didn’t have that already? LOL… doesn’t matter really, 9/10 people don’t change the default password on their devices anyway.

    • hairyknees


      • Username: Admin
        Password: Password?

        • Anon A Mouse

          Username: Username
          Password: Password1

          There fixed it for you, and now I have to go and change my banking log in details.

    • HvR

      That is how The Admiral prints pictures of his little corporal on printers all over the world.

  • Anon A Mouse

    The basketball player is Michael Jordan not Jordon by the way.

    • hairyknees

      I know 🙂 but people might get confused xD

  • Ross Woofels Mason

    I’ve been working in print for over 10 years now and have to say canon be it small or large format make some of the worst printers ever in comparison to HP & EPSON (even though they make great camera’s and other stuff.)

    However if they start shipping these out with DOOM on them, I might start using them =p

  • rollingmol

    How do you press IDDQD for god mode 🙂

  • DrKiller

    Web Interface?? Does my printer have a web interface? O.o

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