Security issues with direct ip printing/ip drive mapping?

Discussion in 'Computer Security' started by Concerned, Apr 23, 2004.

  1. Concerned

    Concerned Guest

    At work we switched to a Novell NDPS (network distributed printer
    service) printing environment which doesn't work well. On the other
    hand If we print directly to the printer's ip address bypassing NDPS,
    eveything works great. What are possible security concerns with
    sending print jobs directly to the printer's ip address? We print
    confidential information. All devices are within ip addresses which
    are protected by our companies firewall.

    Additional concern, what are the risks of mapping drives using the ip
    address of another computer. Is the risk similar to the risk of
    printing directly to an ip address.

    I apologize if is this is an off topic question. If you can direct me
    to a more appropriate usenet group I would be very appreciative.

    Thank you for your time.
     
    Concerned, Apr 23, 2004
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  2. Concerned

    johns Guest

    > eveything works great. What are possible security concerns with
    > sending print jobs directly to the printer's ip address? We print
    > confidential information. All devices are within ip addresses which
    > are protected by our companies firewall.


    I don't see any security concerns doing that, but if your company
    does a fair amount of printing, I guarantee you that there is a
    goof-off who will generate docs with his favorite piece of crap
    application that will knock the printer off line every single time
    he prints. And, instead of trying to figure out what is wrong,
    he will send that corrupt print job multiple times, and then get
    up and walk away leaving the jobs queued on his own computer,
    and keeping the printer down. Equally, there will be a "genius"
    who will constantly be putting the printer into single sheet
    feed mode, so that when you print, the printer will just sit there
    calling for paper from tray 1. In addition, there will be the dingbat
    who insists on putting labels through the printer and gluing it
    up, and there will be no telling that individual anything. It MUST
    be done. Network printers have a purpose ... queuing the
    crappy jobs so they can be found and deleted .. plus you can
    tell who sent it ... removing the ability for users to reconfigure
    it ... stabalizing the type of drivers used ... and controlling
    the "private" print jobs ( if you know what I mean ). If Novell
    is not working for your company, get an HP4250 Print Server
    Appliance. It is simple to set up, and for the most part
    hackers don't tend to mess with it. It will handle 30 network
    printers as "shares", and 300 users. Best $2k you will ever
    spend on printing. AND .... AND !!!!!! It will introduce you
    and your company to the world of Server Appliances !!!!!
    Those things are much more secure than ordinary servers.
    Check out Symantecs Security Server Appliance ... spam,
    AV, and firewall ... no setup to speak of.

    johns
     
    johns, Apr 24, 2004
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  3. Concerned

    Concerned Guest

    On Fri, 23 Apr 2004 19:32:18 -0700, "johns" <>
    wrote:

    Thank you for your help!

    >> eveything works great. What are possible security concerns with
    >> sending print jobs directly to the printer's ip address? We print
    >> confidential information. All devices are within ip addresses which
    >> are protected by our companies firewall.

    >
    >I don't see any security concerns doing that, but if your company
    >does a fair amount of printing, I guarantee you that there is a
    >goof-off who will generate docs with his favorite piece of crap
    >application that will knock the printer off line every single time
    >he prints. And, instead of trying to figure out what is wrong,
    >he will send that corrupt print job multiple times, and then get
    >up and walk away leaving the jobs queued on his own computer,
    >and keeping the printer down. Equally, there will be a "genius"
    >who will constantly be putting the printer into single sheet
    >feed mode, so that when you print, the printer will just sit there
    >calling for paper from tray 1. In addition, there will be the dingbat
    >who insists on putting labels through the printer and gluing it
    >up, and there will be no telling that individual anything. It MUST
    >be done. Network printers have a purpose ... queuing the
    >crappy jobs so they can be found and deleted .. plus you can
    >tell who sent it ... removing the ability for users to reconfigure
    >it ... stabalizing the type of drivers used ... and controlling
    >the "private" print jobs ( if you know what I mean ). If Novell
    >is not working for your company, get an HP4250 Print Server
    >Appliance. It is simple to set up, and for the most part
    >hackers don't tend to mess with it. It will handle 30 network
    >printers as "shares", and 300 users. Best $2k you will ever
    >spend on printing. AND .... AND !!!!!! It will introduce you
    >and your company to the world of Server Appliances !!!!!
    >Those things are much more secure than ordinary servers.
    >Check out Symantecs Security Server Appliance ... spam,
    >AV, and firewall ... no setup to speak of.
    >
    >johns
    >
     
    Concerned, Apr 24, 2004
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