It has come to our attention, that students using Linux, and possibly Macs, can bypass our print servers, and print directly to our printers. We use Pcounter to keep track of printing charges. So students bypassing the print servers would be able to print for free. We don't know if anyone is actually doing this yet, but we do see this as a security hole, and we want to close it.
I contacted the printer manufacturer, Hewlett-Packard, and their suggestion was to log on to the printer, and lock it so that it would only accept network traffic from the servers. I followed their directions, but I was still able to bypass the server and print to that printer using Linux.
Has found a solution to this issue?Daniel Starnes
Student Computer Lab &
California Western School of Law